WITH joy in their name, it’s hard to miss the Joyce family home on the corner of Faulkner and Erskine Street.
Parents Mitchell and Carissa have lit up their house this Christmas to raise money for Pink Ribbon, a charity that supports women’s cancers.
Mrs Joyce is no stranger to the disease, having lost both her mother and grandmother to women’s cancers.
“This year we decided to support Pink Ribbon in honour of my mother and grandmother," she said.
“My grandmother died at 61 from uterine cancer and my mother died at 46 from ovarian cancer.”
Each year the family gets behind a new charity, often one that they’ve been touched by before.
The family has supported Beyond Blue, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Camp Quality.
“When we started getting more lights and we had a lot of people coming past we just thought, why not take the opportunity to try to raise some money for a charity?” Mrs Joyce said.
“Everyone is really supportive, they love it.
“We’ve already had loads of people stopping and getting out of their cars to look at the lights and take photos.”
A skip bin decorated with pink ribbons sits out the front of the house for donations.
“People can make donations if they want to throw in a few coins on their way past, leading up to Christmas we actually hold donation boxes if people want to make more significant donations," Mrs Joyce said.
“I think it’s an honour to be able to do this.
“At the end of the day it’s not much that we’re raising, but every cent counts.
“If every single person donated a dollar that drove past this house looking at the lights this Christmas, imagine what we could raise.”
Mr Joyce said the donations are a great example for his two daughters.
“It’s about giving back, y’know, at some point someone will help you out,” he said.
An online donation page under “Faulkner Street Christmas Lights” has been established on the Cancer Council Pink Ribbon Page for the public to make donations.
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