Vandalism won't put a stop to Glen Innes' first Walk of Light event

SADDENED: Emma Hill, daughter of Cassandra and Geoff Hill, the organisers behind Glen Innes' Walk of Light, holds up part of the light display damaged by vandals. Photo: Supplied

SADDENED: Emma Hill, daughter of Cassandra and Geoff Hill, the organisers behind Glen Innes' Walk of Light, holds up part of the light display damaged by vandals. Photo: Supplied

The shine of Glen Innes' Walk of Light has not been tarnished by a "senseless" act of Easter vandalism.

Cassandra Hill knew the threat of damage was a possibility when they began to pull together the long-dreamed-of event, yet decided the positives far outweighed anything standing in the way.

Mrs Hill and hubby Geoff discovered the vandalism on Monday night: lights had been snapped off, pulled off and disconnected.

"We have been overwhelmed by the response from the community so far," she said.

"Our goal was to connect the community and bring them out, create motivation and inspiration especially for teens.

"For people to damage that and risk it not being able to go ahead again, it's really upsetting."

However the show, which came together with both council and government assistance, will go on.

From moonlight Pilates, twilight Easter egg hunts and a purple tunnel of light for epilepsy awareness, the shimmering parklands have been brought to life with positive vibes, attracting people from around the region since March 19.

"We've received so many messages, one saying some girls have just gone down there to just talk, feel happy, they are loving having that space there," Mrs Hill said.

"This is our first event, and we are hoping to do it every year and grow it. We'd love the Walk of Light to bring happiness not just to locals, but to act as a tourist attraction to Glen: our parklands are really beautiful."

The last week of the lights is called 'dream week', where positive affirmations will be hung alongside dreamy lanterns, finishing the week with the focus on improving mental health.

Visitors are called on to make a donation, which will go to the charity Batyr, dedicated to "smashing" the stigma surrounding mental ill-health and to empower young people to reach out for support.

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