’Tis the sea­son

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - Chloe Fraser

With just a handful of sleeps un­til Santa ar­rives, res­i­dents around Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana are get­ting ready to cel­e­brate Christ­mas in their own unique ways.

In Bal­divis, the Green fam­ily is light­ing up their neigh­bour­hood, bring­ing cheer to all who visit while sup­port­ing Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion.

Rail­way Ter­race cafe Jaf­fe­lato is throw­ing open its doors and of­fer­ing cheap meals and com­pany for the com­mu­nity’s less for­tu­nate, while the great Kwinana tra­di­tion, the Lolly Run, will take place for an­other year.

A Bal­divis fam­ily has taken Christ­mas spirit to the next level, cre­at­ing a mag­i­cal and mem­o­rable Great­est Show­man-themed light­ing dis­play out­side their home in sup­port of the Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion.

More than 15,000 flash­ing LED pixel lights and an­i­ma­tions have been per­fectly timed to a playlist of about 54 songs, cre­at­ing an im­pres­sive fes­tive dis­play at the Beck­ing­ham Park­way home.

A video of The Great­est Show­man se­quence, which was re­cently shared on Face­book, has proved a big hit, viewed on­line more than 54,000 times.

It is the third year home­own­ers Paul and Cristie Green have dec­o­rated their home in sup­port of the Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Christ­mas lights cam­paign.

After a year of prepa­ra­tion build­ing props from scratch and fit­ting pixel lights to lengths of ca­bling, Mr Green, who had help

from a friend, worked 12-hour days for two weeks straight per­fect­ing the dis­play.

“In com­par­i­son to last year, this

is a whole new ball game,” he said.

“For me, the sat­is­fac­tion is see­ing peo­ple smil­ing, es­pe­cially around this time of year.

“At the end of the day, we do it for the kids, the hos­pi­tal and to add to the com­mu­nity spirit in the area.”

Mr Green said the PCH Foun­da­tion was close to his heart, with his now 21-year-old daugh­ter born

18-weeks pre­ma­ture.

“She spent six months at King Ed­ward Hos­pi­tal and most of her young life in and out of PMH,” he said.

“So any­thing we can con­trib­ute is amaz­ing.”

A fundrais­ing night will be held on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21, from

6.45pm, with carol singing from

choir4kids and a visit from Santa Claus and Stitches the Bear.

Face paint­ing, an ice-cream van and sausage siz­zle will also be avail­able on the night, with all funds raised go­ing to the Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion.

Al­ter­na­tively, vis­it­ing fam­i­lies can view the dis­play nightly from

7.30-9pm un­til De­cem­ber 31. Drive-by vis­i­tors can also lis­ten to the dis­play’s mu­sic via 96.7FM.

How­ever you spend the day, theSound Tele­graph wishes all our read­ers a safe and happy Christ­mas and the best for the new year. MAIN IM­AGE: The Green fam­ily’s Christ­mas light dis­play. ABOVE: The Lolly Run will again take place this Christ­mas. LEFT: Ali Bale of Jaf­fe­lato is of­fer­ing cheap meals for the less for­tu­nate this fes­tive sea­son.

Pic­ture: Chloe Fraser

Paul, Cristie and Phoebe Green, 3, of Bal­divis, have cre­ated an im­pres­sive Christ­mas light dis­play at their home in sup­port of Perth Chil­dren's Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion.

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