Christmas in Australia is apparently very different than what we’re used to here in North America. Not only is the weather a lot warmer Down Under, some of the trees are 100% recycled… Recycled as in they’re made of beer cans. Meet Wes Boyd, an Australian man who’s combined his love of Victoria Bitter beer, Christmas spirit, and charity to create the most Australian Christmas tree we’ve ever seen (the only things that it’s missing are poisonous deadly spider-sharks crawling all over it).
But Boyd isn’t just doing this for the hell of it, there’s a good cause behind the 14.5-foot decoration. The tree is there to raise money for Alzheimer’s Australia, an organization that provides support and advocacy for people suffering from dementia. Sadly, Alzheimer’s is something that both Boyd’s mother and grandmother died from. Boyd says that he’ll collect donations from people in December who come by to take photos with it.
He told PerthNow that “I wanted to build it to make people happy. Me and some mates love drinking VBs and two to three mates have been bringing empty cans over here every week for the past 14 months. No one helps me build it because I want to do it myself. Building the tree makes me happy. But I did ask my mates to help me put the top on the tree.”
The tree itself is made from 2536 Victoria Bitters cans, stands 4.4 meters (14.5-feet) high, and is two meters wide. It’s bigger than the tree he made last year, and even lights up at night. Tell me that the photo below isn’t awesome.