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Synergy lights up Christmas for deserving local heroes

Synergy is lighting up the festive season for three community heroes announced as the winners of the Synergy Xmas Lights Trail ‘Nominate Your Neighbour’ competition.

Diane Lloyd of Gosnells, Karen Slater of Padbury and Larissa Stevens-Smith of Waikiki will each receive a Christmas lights makeover for their home worth $5,000 and three months’ worth of electricity bills paid for by Synergy.

Now in its fourth year, ‘Nominate Your Neighbour’ is an opportunity for Western Australians to give somebody in their community recognition for going above and beyond for others.

Synergy Chief Executive Officer David Fyfe said the organisation was privileged to give something back to those who bring kindness and joy to their community.

“The Synergy Xmas Lights Trail shares WA’s best light displays and local events to bring joy to kids and adults alike,” Mr Fyfe said.

“I’m delighted Synergy can help make Christmas a little brighter by helping the Western Australian community to celebrate some of its unsung heroes.

“Diane, Karen and Larissa are wonderful members of their community who each deserve to be recognised for their selfless efforts.”

Diane Lloyd was nominated for investing her spare time and energy into supporting Sam’s Spares, her son Sam’s not-for-profit e-waste collection point in Gosnells.

Sam’s Spares saves unwanted electronics from landfill by repairing and gifting them to community members in need.

Karen Slater has created a women’s group, Padbury Super Women, to support women through exercise, mental health, togetherness and general wellbeing.

Despite experiencing the effects of anxiety, Karen pushes herself out of her comfort zone to organise regular catchups to keep the group connected.

Larissa Stevens-Smith has been recognised for the humble and kind-hearted strength she brings to her community through her volunteer work.

In addition to raising biological children, Larissa is a foster carer for six children and is actively involved with various local charities, sporting clubs and support networks.

The winners and their decorated homes will be listed on the Synergy Xmas Lights Trail, which connects the community through the best light displays across WA, while supporting Ruah Community Services Tree of Light powered by Synergy Christmas Appeal.

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Image: Waikiki resident Larissa Stevens-Smith and her family have received a Christmas lights makeover for their home worth $5,000 and three months’ worth of electricity bills paid for by Synergy.