Let’s light up WA to pay thanks…

Fairy Lights for the front line

A new community initiative is switching on from 8 May, encouraging Western Australians to put up fairy lights to pay thanks to our friends and neighbours on the frontline. 

Fairy Lights for our Frontline is a collective effort, led by local charities and powered by Perth, to honour the nurses, police, paramedics, pharmacists and the workers who are serving the community during COVID-19. 

Nedlands resident Richard Solomon usually hangs Christmas lights at the end of the year, but says he is stringing them up early to brighten the night. 

“Our Christmas display sparks joy for us and our neighbours and I think we need that spark now more than ever.” Mr Solomon said.

“So many of us have been moved by the community spirit shown by Western Australians during this crisis and Fairy Lights for our Frontline gives us a way to say thanks to those shining examples leading the fight.”

Paige Gibbs, from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, one of the charities involved, said thanking healthcare professionals is wonderful and it’s also important to remember the workers who are keeping the city functioning during this time. 

“As the entire country is coming to terms with a new normal brought on by COVID-19, many of us watched our neighbours head to work and continue serving to help maintain normalcy for all of us,” Ms Gibbs said. 

“In light of this, we invite you to illuminate our streets from May 8 to say thanks.”

If you would like to take part in this community initiative, simply string up your fairy lights to brighten up the night and share your photos with the hashtag #frontlinefairylights

Head to frontlinefairylights.com.au to learn more