Christmas lights add spark to fund-raiser

A NEW Christmas light display about to pop up in Barellan Street is set to drive away gloom in Griffith.

Matthew Quarisa is currently working on a dazzling light show complete with trees and stars that dance along to music.

The work-in-progress has been five months in the planning, but the dream has been in the pipeline for much longer.

"Ever since I saw Christmas lights on YouTube almost 10 years ago I've wanted to do something spectacular," he said.

"I'm an automation engineer now so this kind of thing is my bread and butter. I now have the skills and connections to do it.

"I thought this would be a good way to showcase our talents and give back to a worthy cause.

"I'm hoping to raise funds for Beyond Blue. With the drought and floods, I'm aware that farmers experience depression and anxiety wondering if crops will make money.

"I figure if I can cheer everyone up with these lights and raise some money, why not."

Mr Quarisa, who runs Integrated Industries Riverina, is aiming to have his lights up and running, literally by the first week in December.

When complete, 200 to 250 metres of lights, featuring around 12,000 individual LEDs will jive along to uplifting Christmas tunes.

"It is quite time consuming. It takes between five to 20 hours to sequence each song," he said.

"I will have two dancing stars, a large dancing tree and 12 multi-coloured miniature trees.

"It will all be controlled by computer and an automation controller. There will be no pressure to donate, but I'd really appreciate it if locals can help me raise some funds for Beyond Blue."

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