COMMITTED: Former public servant Godwin Grech gives the SIDS and Kids World Record Christmas Lights appeal a boost. Photo: Andrew Meares
Controversial Canberra public servant Godwin Grech famously parted company with his department in 2009 over a forged email but there's nothing fake about his commitment to the SIDS and Kids cause.
The ex-Treasury man is back in the limelight for a good cause, getting this year's Christmas appeal by the cot death charity off to a flying start with a $2000 donation.
SIDS and Kids has launched the "ACT Guinness World Record Christmas Lights" online fund-raising effort with the help of the Richards family of Forrest, whose festive lights display has brought the world record for festive lights back to the capital.
The online fund-raising page was set up by the Richards to allow anybody to make a donation, even if they were unable to make it to the inner-south to see the spectacular light show for themselves.
SIDS and Kids ACT chief executive officer Elizabeth Tobler said the money raised by the Christmas lights appeal would be returned to the local community through her charity's bereavement and education services.
Ms Tobler said SIDS and Kids could not develop its services to meet growing demand without support from the community and she praised the donation by Mr Grech.
"As the national birth rate increases so, too, does the number of stillbirths and miscarriages," Ms Tobler said.
■ To make a donation online, visit https://give.everydayhero.com/au/2013-christmas-lights-forrest-act
The Forrest lights display is open to the public from 7.30pm daily until December 26 with entry by gold coin donation.