Good cause: Franco Devoti in his shed with a small selection of Christmas lights.
Good cause: Franco Devoti in his shed with a small selection of Christmas lights. Rob Wright

Switched on to help Starlight kids

FRANCO and Jenni Devoti relish the delight their elaborate Christmas display brings to children but didn’t foresee how they could light up the lives of terminally ill kids.

Family friends Nathan and Donna Fisher were raising money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation and thought the couple’s display was a worthy fundraiser, so the Devotis placed a money tin on the lawn for three weeks leading up to Christmas and collected more than $2000.

Mr Devoti said they only expected to raise around $500 and were grateful to everyone who contributed.

“We mainly put the lights up for kids. They love it and people bring their kids back year after year,” he said.

It began with a few strands of simple lights, growing into a display Santa himself would envy, taking two and half weeks to set up.

It’s grown so big the Devotis had to get an electrician to install a new circuit.

You can only imagine how many power boards are needed to house 126 plugs.

It took the four friends an hour to count all the coins. Someone had even donated a $100 note.



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