David Richards, an Australian lawyer, decorated his family home for Christmas four years back. Interestingly, the fun-activity soon transformed into a big passion for David. He is a father of 3 children and is now the self-proclaimed “Crazy Christmas Lights Guy.”
His last year light display was so amazing that Richards was hired to take over the lighting setup for Petrie Plaza located in Canberra’s Central Business District. Richards delivered without fail and created a display of 120 km of lights with more than one million light bulbs. The Petrie Plaza has a 3D image made out of lights as well and covers about 41,000 sq. ft.
This wonderful display allowed Richards to win a place in Guinness Book of world records for the 3rd time. He told Guinness, “Christmas lights really get people into the festive spirit. We decorated our home for years, and people came from everywhere to see our lights. This year, who knows how many people will come along? We had 12,000 people walking down my driveway on Christmas Eve last year. There were queues of hundreds and hundreds of people. But this year, I’ve more than doubled the number of lights – it’s far, far bigger.” He also revealed that he goes through the painstaking effort every year in order to raise funds for the SIDS and Kids charity. “My family had a tragedy in 2002 when we lost our one-month-old son Thomas. SIDS and Kids helped us so much, so this is our way of giving back to them.”
The family was able to raise about $138,000 in 2013 by asking the people who visited their light display to donate a gold coin. Richard said, “I am the crazy Christmas lights guy just because I tried to raise money for SIDS and Kids.” Richards has been working on this year’s project for the last 9 months with the construction kicking off in October 2014. A whopping 200,000 visitors are expected to walk through the light-display by Richards. Be mesmerized with the video below!