Donation of lights to raise funds for Gawler Carols by Candlelight

Tanya van Embden has bought 1000 battery powered candles to give away to Apex Gawler to help raise funds and for carols by candlelight.
Tanya van Embden has bought 1000 battery powered candles to give away to Apex Gawler to help raise funds and for carols by candlelight.

With so much of the country in drought and tinder dry conditions everywhere, a local businesswoman has come up with a novel way to ensure carols events still light up with magic this festive season.

Battery World Gawler's Tanya van Embden has bought 1000 battery powered candles she's giving away to ensure the tradition of carols by candlelight continues in bringing everyone in the community together without having to light a match.

Already she has given 250 to customers to spread some Christmas cheer and she has donated the remaining 750 to the Gawler Apex Club to sell at the 'Carols by Candlelight' on December 14.

"Many of our customers have said this has been a particularly hard year and events like this, where everyone is welcome, can be just the tonic for many people feeling isolated in the community," Mrs van Embden said.

"The reaction from customers was wonderful: that a free candle can have someone leaving the store with a smile from ear to ear.

"We are of course in the business of batteries, so when we saw these candles were available, we jumped at the opportunity to buy them, even though at the time we were not quite sure what we would do with them.

"They are great for children so there are no burns from hot wax, won't blow out if it's windy and no one need light a match.

"The candles will be given out with every Apex raffle ticket sold at the carol's event, with proceeds going to future projects such as helping the disabled, people with life threatening illness and even school scholarships.

"This means carollers really can light the life of someone in need and make a difference."

Gawler Apex Club Bronte Rhodes said support from local businesses was essential to ensure the tradition of community events.

"With all the bushfires and the dry conditions, the Battery World candles are the perfect solution to bring the traditional glow of candlelight to an otherwise hot and dusty Christmas gathering," Mr Rhodes said.