Kelowna resident hopes to raise money for charity with light display.

Holiday lights for charity

A Kelowna resident hopes his holiday light display will raise money for charity.



It’s a winter wonderland at 875 Theodora Road thanks to the imagination of Ken Berry.

The elementary school principal has found dozens of stuffed penguins to line his yard to create a scene of holiday magic and it’s all for a good cause.

“The concept is that the back park is the northern lights and the penguins are mining the lights and bringing them down the penguin trail,” said Berry. “Then they repackage them as Christmas lights.”

The Kelowna resident began putting his light display together at the start of November and more than 500 lightbulbs later his front yard is glowing.

This is the second year Berry has decorated his yard in such a fashion. The self-proclaimed Christmas light enthusiast actually started extravagantly decorating more than 25 years ago in Williams Lake.

“We just finally came up with a reason to do it, not just do this, and that is when we came up with the fundraising idea,” he said.

Berry is collecting donations for the Salvation Army in a kettle stationed in his front yard. So far he has only raised $70 this season.

The Central Okanagan Salvation Army has reached 75 per cent of its Kettle Campaign goal this Christmas and is looking to local residents to help with donations.

Executive lead pastor Darryl Burry says the need continues to rise and the last push before the holidays is pivotal.

Berry hopes he can do his part and get a few more light lovers out to raise some extra funds.

The display will be on until Jan. 2 starting at 4 p.m. at Berry’s home in Rutland.

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