The Sudbury Charities Foundations’ Festival of Lights at Science North begins Sunday, Nov. 25 when the community is invited to take part in a Holiday Science Experience, meet and take photos with Santa and watch him illuminate lights for the first time this season.
Volunteers from SCF board, with help from Greater Sudbury Hydro, Cambrian College Powerline Technician Students and the Francophone Boy Scouts worked Nov. 5 to assemble the local, holiday trademark.
The displays were originally created by two families in Garson almost 30 years ago and were later purchased by the Sudbury Charities Foundation. SCF has been maintaining and adding to the collection ever since, and the entire display now encompasses over 250 separate elements containing approximately 3.25 kilometres of rope lighting with nearly 55,000 LED lights.
The switch to LED has resulted in huge cost savings and a massive reduction our environmental footprint.
The Sudbury Charities Foundation was established in 1967 to raise money to support development programming for underprivileged youth in Sudbury. The Festival of Lights raises an average of about $25,000 annually.
The Sudbury Manitoulin Children’s Foundation “Send A Kid To Camp” program has been the largest beneficiary of the funds raised at the Festival of Lights, receiving approximately $50,000 annually. These funds have sent nearly 3,500 children to camp since 1984.
Other organizations supported by the Sudbury Charities Foundation include: Ten Rainbows Foundation, Big Brothers Sudbury and District Childhood/Enfance, The Salvation Army, Sudbury Food Bank, All Nations Church – Youth Programs Boy Scouts and the NEO Kids Foundation.