Festive display to help cancer patients

JOSHUA Maggs has done more than simply deck the halls with boughs of holly.

The 18-year-old California Gully resident has fitted out his bedroom with more than 500 Christmas ornaments and a multitude of lights and tinsel for his annual Christmas spectacular.

For the past five years Joshua, a self-confessed Christmas fanatic, has been converting his tiny bedroom into an elaborate display.

Joshua inherited his love of the festive season from his nanna, Rennice, who passed away a few years ago, and this year has decided to use his passion to raise money for the Cancer Council.

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"I contacted the Cancer Council  with the idea to fundraise and they got back to me and really excited about it," he said.

"I've had calls from them every now and again seeing if it's going okay.

"I'm hoping to raise at least $300 so I've got a raffle, donation box and I'll be selling Christmas ornaments as well."

Joshua's Christmas display is open by invitation only.

About 50 people were invited to its grand opening on Monday night.

"Hopefully next year I'll have it somewhere different and everyone can come through," Joshua said.

"I'm not sure where I'll have it, so if someone could donate some space that would be good.

"I hope to keep making it bigger and bigger."

Joshua recently finished Year 12 and said it had been a mad rush to get everything ready before opening night.

"It's been a big day," he said on Monday.

"I actually got my probationary licence today as well so it's been pretty exciting."

Cancer Council Victoria spokeswoman Irene Manitta said Joshua was helping to raise money for cancer researchers, prevention programs and support services for people facing a diagnosis.

"Through 'I Will for Cancer' we support hundreds of Victorians who want to fight cancer in their own, unique way," she said.

"Joshua is the perfect example.

"It just goes to show whatever your age, whatever your interests are, there is a way you can help fight cancer."

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