Annual Christmas lights to raise money for charity
Booker Bay resident Ms Shirley Crockett has mounted her annual Christmas lights display to raise money for Vision Australia at 380 Booker Bay Rd, Booker Bay.
"We have been doing this for over 20 years," said Ms Crockett.
"We open our gates and people just wander around.
"Christmas week we get literally hundreds of people per night.
"We also have a crawl-through for the kids and at the end of the crawl through they get an individually-wrapped lollypop.
"Last year we went through about 5000 lollies.
"For donations, we have a Vision Australia dog collection box.
"Most of the donations are small change.
"So to get to $1956 last year we had lots of donations.
"We chose Vision Australia for the obvious reason that blind people couldn't enjoy the light show so we tried to help them in another way."
Ms Crockett said the display would have cost several thousand dollars, but being updated year-by-year the amount had not been tallied.
"Our electricity bill goes up about $200-$300 in the December quarter.
"But with LED lights, the cost hasn't risen over recent years even though our display has increased."
Ms Crockett said that being aged 80 and her husband is 84 "it is no small task to put the display together".
"We do have some help from our neighbour, who does most of the heavy lifting.
"Also our grandson lends a hand."
Media release, 7 Dec 2021
Shirley Crockett, Booker Bay