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Beacon of hope

Saturday, 19th December, 2015

(Far left) Eden Renton (3) with sister (right) Emerson (4) and cousin Shaylan James (8) with Carly Bird’s light display which is raising funds for local girl Lara Pascoe. PICTURE: Emily Roberts (Far left) Eden Renton (3) with sister (right) Emerson (4) and cousin Shaylan James (8) with Carly Bird’s light display which is raising funds for local girl Lara Pascoe. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

By Emily Roberts

In an attempt to keep her mind busy, Carly Bird has inadvertently organised a Christmas lights fundraiser.

Last year, decorating her house with Christmas lights and fundraising was a first for Carly Bird.

Carly and her partner, Ricky Barraclough, covered their house in Wandoo Street with lights and Christmas decorations.

Then they asked locals to stop by, have a look and make a donation for SIDS and Kids.

Carly wasn’t going to do it again but donations of lights and money have encouraged her to continue - and it has grown.

“I have very bad anxiety and I did it to keep my mind off of stuff,” she said.

“It really grew from there. 

“I wasn’t going to do anything but people were bringing us lights and asking if I had a donation tin.

“We also have a projection screen that is playing movies.

“There’s about 1100 lights on the house, lawn and side of the house.

“That’s not including the roof and the blow-up decorations.”

Last year, Carly raised $1000 for SIDS and Kids and this time she has chosen a local cause.

“The money raised will go to local Lara Pascoe,” she said.

Lara was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome at a young age. The syndrome is a rare and very severe neurological genetic disorder that causes development delay, causing severe physical, mental and speech impairments and an associated seizure disorder difficult to treat. 

Lara is unable to talk, communicate or walk and do many other things without assistance. 

Over the past 12 months, Lara’s mum Bianca has been fundraising to help her attend a development program in Adelaide.

“If I can raise double then it will help Lara and her family next year,” Carly said.

“They were really happy when I told Bianca about the fundraiser. Every little bit helps.”

Carly will also be running a number of raffles thanks to some very generous local businesses.

“We have lots of items to put in the raffle. We will be selling tickets for that.

“We would like to thank everyone for their fantastic donations.”

On Christmas Eve, Santa will be visiting the lights display and handing out lollies.

“We will also have a sausage sizzle that night,” she said.

“People are welcome to come by anytime but that will be the big night.”

The Christmas display is at 310 Wandoo Street.

People can also donate to Carly at the Red Robin Deli.

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