Here comes Santa Claus: Cherrybrook Rural Fire Service volunteers are counting the days until the Santa run. Picture: Geoff JonesCherrybrookRural Fire Brigade volunteers will swap helmets for Santa hats on Christmas Eve — and take Santa through the streets in their fire truck.
The annual Santa Run raises money for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
“It’s very popular. Last year we collected about $800 but sometimes it’s as much as $2000,” brigade secretary Stu Knibbs said.
He will be driving a personnel carrier full of RFS volunteers, waving to their fans, with Christmas carols blaring.
The carrier will be part of a convoy that will also include a support vehicle and a tanker up front, in which Santa will be travelling.
Santa will be assisted by about a dozen RFS “helpers” who will hand out sweet treats to the children and collect donations for the hospital.
GALLERY: Click here tosee our gallery of photos taken by Geoff Jones atCherrybrook RFS’ Christmas picnic on Saturday.
“Our members really enjoy seeing the thrilled looks on the kids’ faces and we also get a kick out of helping such a worthy charity,” brigade captain Gavin Pringle said.
The Santa run will begin at 5.30pm from Cherrybrook fire station (corner Shepherds and Macquarie drive, Cherrybrook).
He will then take a route along the Cherrybrook streets east of New Line Road, finishing at Cherrybrook Village Shopping Centre about 8.30pm.
Cherrybrook Rural Fire Brigade volunteers held their Christmas picnic on Saturday at the fire station. There was a surprise visit from Santa who arrived in a fire truck with a sack full of presents for all the volunteers’ children.
■ THE ROUTE: Click here for the Santa Run route.
■ PHOTOGALLERY:Click here to see our gallery of photos taken by Geoff Jones atCherrybrook RFS’ Christmas picnic on Saturday.
The Hills SES Santas will do three runs on Christmas Eve, delivering lollies to children.
Look out for them in Rouse Hill, Kellyville, Bella Vista, Castle Hill and Baulkham Hills, travelling on the back of Hills SES vehicles.
READ MORE: Click here to read about the SES Santas, and to find out their Santa Run routes.
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