Currambine couple join the Synergy Xmas Lights Trail


The Churchmans’ house.

Tracey and Steve Churchman.
The Churchmans’ house. Tracey and Steve Churchman.

PEOPLE who deck their homes with festive lights are encouraged to register for a Christmas lights trail that will support Lifeline WA.

The Synergy Xmas Lights Trail website encourages householders who light up their homes for the festive season to raise funds for the charity, while also giving families access to a unique online GPS visitors guide.

Synergy’s marketing manager Kelley Yeats said the interactive website based on geotracking was designed for the Christmas lights competition.

“There are many websites which have Christmas lights locations listed, some even have maps, but none allow you to shortlist the houses you want to visit and plot a map with the most efficient journey planning directions,” she said.

“It’s similar to Google Maps and it’s definitely a WA first.

“This initiative will feed into Lifeline WA’s Shine a Light for Life fundraising campaign.”

Synergy will make a $1 donation per vote to Lifeline WA for the first 35,000 voters in the Christmas lights people’s choice category on the Xmas Lights Trail website.

Lifeline WA chief executive Lorna McGregor said she was grateful to Synergy for joining the Shine a Light for Life campaign.

“The festive season is Lifeline WA’s busiest time of the year,” she said.

“Lifeline WA’s Shine a Light for Life campaign aims to spread joy and hope throughout the community and encourage those in need to reach out for help.”

Currambine residents Steve and Tracey Churchman have been decorating their Newmarket Retreat home for 13 years.

“We purchased a 16.5 foot inflatable from a recent trip to the USA, so we’re pretty excited about adding that to our 30,000 lights display,” Mrs Churchman said.

With three weeks to go until Christmas, Ms Yeats urged decorators to upload photos of their display so the public could vote on their favourites.

Visit www.xmaslightstrail.com.au or www.facebook.com/SynergyXmasLightsTrail.

For 24/7 crisis or suicide prevention support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifelinewa.org.au.

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