Raising funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service with Christmas lights

Every year, for the last 10 years, Rodney Cribbin has been decorating his Wingham house at Christmas time with the specific purpose of raising money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

Rodney has been a volunteer for the service for around 16 to 17 years – so long he can’t remember exactly.

Although he has never had to use the helicopter service for himself or his loved ones, Rodney is very much aware of the need in our community for the chopper, because of the difficulties ambulances can face getting to rural areas. And “they don’t cost the public anything,” Rodney says.

“That’s why I go out there and raise the money – so it can stay that way.”

This year, Rodney says his lights are like nothing ever seen before.

“It’s like a cave of lights,” he says. “It was a lot of hard work. It took a good, solid three to four days, and I’m talking 13 hour days.”

Visit Rodney, see his hard work, and donate at 34B Summerville Street, Wingham. He switches the lights on between 7.30pm and 10.30pm Mondays to Thursdays, and Sundays, and to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The lights will remain until Boxing Day.