Mona spreads Christ­mas cheer

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

SHE has been dubbed St Clair’s Mrs Claus, trans­form­ing her front yard ev­ery De­cem­ber.

Mona Hal­abi and hus­band Sayed have been treat­ing fam­i­lies to their ex­trav­a­gant Christ­mas light dis­play for more than 20 years.

“We are like lit­tle kids at Christ­mas, we love it and we love it more when we see the faces of the kids and fam­i­lies when they visit us,” Mrs Hal­abi said.

Putting up their dis­play of­ten takes weeks, but two years ago set­ting it up got a lit­tle bit harder as Mrs Hal­abi broke her back and was later di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer.

De­spite her health is­sues, Mrs Hal­abi hasn’t missed a sin­gle Christ­mas and this year is us­ing her dis­play to raise funds for the Kids Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

“I was in hos­pi­tal up un­til Christ­mas Day last year but it didn’t stop me, it was very dif­fi­cult but I still got the en­tire dis­play up,” Mrs Hal­abi said.

Res­i­dents can visit the Hal­abi’s Christ­mas dis­play at 33 The Grand­stand, St Clair, ev­ery night from 8pm.

Pic­ture: CARMELA ROCHE

Mona and Sayed Hal­abi in front of their St Clair home.

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