Once again the community of Lismore came together to celebrate with the Lantern Parade on June 25. The parade was led by a flotilla of lantern ‘tinnnies’ in recognition of the effort of the SES and the heroic people who got out in their boats, canoes and other floating devices to rescue people who were flooded into their homes during the February floods the parade.
Vale John Lush
During the parade, local musician and regular cast member of the Rochdale Theatre died of a reported heart attack.
‘It was a terrible shock,’ said Festival Director, Jyllie Jackson.
‘John and Vivienne had been part of our lantern family for a long tome and we are all devastated. Our love and support goes out to Vivienne and her baby.’
Like many people in Lismore Johan and Vivienne lost their home and belongings duringn teh February floods. To help Vivienne and her newborn baby you can donate to their GoFundMe page.
‘I would also like to commend the people who were close at hand and the first responders on the night for their help and assistance,’ said Ms Jackson.
‘We are concerned for anyone that needs some help because such a shock. If you need to talk to someone after the tragic death at Saturday’s Lantern Parade, please contact numbers below:
SUPPORT ACT WELL BEING HELP LINE – if you are a LightnUp Volunteer or an artist performer
1800 959 500
A member of the General Public, audience, parade participant call
HEAD TO HEALTH 1800 595212
Or Life line 13 11 14
During the flood the Lismore Lantern Parade workshop was flooded and at 4m higher than any previous flood they lost many of their tools, materials, furniture and much of their equipment. Ms Jackson said that they are currently seeking any donations that people can afford to rebuild for next year and the future.
Donations are tax deductibleand can be made via their website: https://www.lismorelanternparade.com.au/donate.
‘Thanks to everyone who was involved,’ said Ms Jackson.
‘Next year we will continue to celebrate Lismore and, what’s important in our community as we move forward and rebuild.’