WHAT started as a Christmas tradition 12 years ago has become a major fund-raiser for local charity Peter’s Project.
Residents of Eliza Court in Warrnambool raised $6000 over two weeks up until Christmas Eve, displaying Christmas lights and asking viewers for donations.
Organiser Marjorie Anderson said 2013 was the first year the residents decided to collect for a charity.
Mrs Anderson said Peter’s Project was chosen for its timely $5 million target campaign and she was blown away by the support they received.
“Some nights cars were banked up to Whites Road,” she said.
“We resorted to open buckets the last few nights (instead of tins) as we were just getting so much.”
She said as well as receiving community support, tourists travelling from overseas were more than willing to donate to the local cancer centre project.
“They didn’t know what Peter’s Project was but when we explained it they were more than willing to give.”
Of the donations the largest were three lots of $50.
“It was beyond our comprehension what we got. We came home (from the bank) on a high.”
Six of the 10 properties on the street took part in the lights display.
Mrs Anderson thanked the community for its support and specifically 3YB for promoting the fund-raiser.
She said Eliza Court residents would assess closer to next Christmas whether to raise money for charity again.