Christmas display raises $2600 for charity
A Christmas lights display in Booker Bay has raised $2600.65 for Vision Australia.
Ms Shirley Crockett of Booker Bay Rd said she and her husband Noel had been putting on the display for 20 years.
"This year is the best that we have had."
She said this year's contribution was the result of generosity shown by "our family, friends, neighbours and the general public".
"We had lots of friends come for a Christmas drink and the next morning I would count the money and I always found some very generous notes in the charity box.
"I would text my friends to thank them.
"One reply was that it is for a good cause and I totally agree.
"We were asked by a woman who is involved with Vision Australia if we were going to support the same charity in 2022 and I said yes.
"She is totally blind and she asked if she could come with some of her other friends perhaps one night in Christmas week and have the children describe the display to them as they cannot see the lights."
Ms Crockett said: "I cannot imagine how sad it would be to have a disability but to be blind is something that I do not think I could cope with.
"So I am very excited about this event."
Ms Crockett said another comment came as a result of her giving lollipops to visiting children.
"I was out in my Christmas outfit a couple of nights before Christmas Eve and I was giving out more lollipops.
"One sweet little girl came up to me and told me that they were not lollipops they were candy canes.
"My apologies to all the children."
Ms Crockett said, that despite being aged 80 and her husband 84, the display would be on again next year.
"See you all in December."
Media release, 3 Feb 2022
Shirley Crockett, Booker Bay