This year we have a number of amazing supporters who have decorated their homes and streets with Christmas lights to raise funds for patients with cancer.
You can read their special stories below and check out the map for where to find them.
Click here for a map of all these great displays!
Swansona Avenue, Mt Annan
Brian Carr lives on Swansona Avenue, Mount Annan - the street that won the 2021 Christmas Lights Best Street Winner award. Every year, one of the streets residents chooses a charity to support for their Christmas lights display. This year, they chose Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, as one of Brian's neighbours has a personal connection to the hospital. "They had such a positive impact on my Mum and our family when she went through cancer," the resident tells us. "Chris O'Brien Lifehouse also supports and treats patients with all types of cancer, even rare and complex ones, so we wanted to give back."
30 Rochester Street, Gregory Hills
Alison is hosting her annual Christmas lights display - Lights for Lisa - at her home in Gregory Hills, and chooses to support Chris O'Brien Lifehouse in memory of her Mum Lisa Meadows. "Lisa was a bright, happy, beautiful soul, and a mother of two," Alison says. "Lisa was the kind of person that spread happiness to others, and that strived to make life as fulfilling and enjoyable as possible. Unfortunately, in 2016 at the age of 52, Lisa lost her battle with cancer. Because of the treatment and care provided to her at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, Lisa was able to increase her quality of life in the remaining time she had here on Earth. Lights for Lis is all about honouring her memory and spreading awareness of the amazing work of Chris O'Brien Lifehouse. Just as Lisa's smile and presence could light up a city, we plan on doing that with our Christmas lights to spread brightness and happiness to the world."
Just before Christmas in 2013, Mark and Rita Pezzano’s world was torn apart when Mark was given the news that he had stage 4 lung cancer. He was 39 years old. To support her husband, Rita began community fundraising in 2014. Mark is still receiving treatment for his cancer, and the couple continue to show their support by hosting numerous fundraising events from their home. One such event is an annual fundraiser in the month of December, which sees them join with their neighbours to transform their entire cul-de-sac and surrounding streets into a galaxy of twinkling fairy lights. They're back at it again this year, with a coffee stand and icecream truck to join them in the evenings for a magical Christmas display.
If you're in the Hills district, make sure to stop by this Christmas lights display - For The Kids - in Castle Hill. Another wonderful fundraising intiative from our community during the holiday season!