Lolly Run a sweet suc­cess

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ce­cilia Allen

Santa and his helpers will once again de­liver lol­lies to res­i­dents as part of Kwinana’s most-loved Christ­mas tra­di­tion — the Lolly Run.

The first Lolly Run took place in 1954 and was run by res­i­dent Alf Ly­don and Kwinana’s Toc H Branch Mem­bers.

To­day, the Lolly Run is co-or­di­nated by the Ro­tary Club of Kwinana and the City of Kwinana.

The Lolly Run is also made pos­si­ble thanks to sev­eral vol­un­teer groups in­clud­ing Man­do­galup and Kwinana South bush­fire brigades.

Dozens of vol­un­teers also put up their hands each year to help or­gan­ise and bag lol­lies in prepa­ra­tion for the Lolly Run. Ro­tary Club of Kwinana di­rec­tor of projects and for­mer City mayor John Iriks said he came to Kwinana in 1953.

“I’ve re­ceived the lol­lies, my kids have re­ceived lol­lies and now my grand­chil­dren are re­ceiv­ing lol­lies,” he said.

“It’s an ab­so­lutely won­der­ful event and it op­ti­mises Kwinana.”

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams and Lolly Run vol­un­teer said the Lolly Run was a unique tra­di­tion show­cas­ing the rich com­mu­nity spirit Kwinana was known for.

The Lolly Run is on Christ­mas Day morn­ing, from 7.30am to noon.

Santa and helpers will visit ev­ery street in Kwinana to de­liver lol­lies — lis­ten for the beeps.

Pic­ture: Richard Polden

Tin­sel-decked utes will ride through the streets of Kwinana on Christ­mas Day, with Father Christ­mas and lo­cal vol­un­teers bring­ing fes­tive cheer to chil­dren as part of the an­nual Lolly Run.

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