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Santa Run returns to Rokeby

THE sun is out, the Christmas trees are up and the decorations are in full force, which means it’s once again time for the Rokeby Fire Brigade’s annual Santa Run.

Held on Sunday 20 December from 2pm, the Santa Run will see 25 volunteer firefighters walk alongside Santa through the streets of Clarendon Vale, Rokeby, Howrah Gardens, Oakdowns and Glebe Hill.

A popular family Christmas occasion for the past seven-years, this year’s event will see more than 370-kilograms of donated lolly bags handed out to local children.

Rokeby Fire Brigade lead firefighter and event coordinator Simon Boucher said the Santa Run was aimed at giving something back to the community, with the festive season being the perfect time to do so.

“We want children to look forward to this event and for it to be an opportunity to celebrate this great time of year in a positive way,” he said.

“Everyone here at the station loves to participate and we all enjoy building a relationship with the community and seeing the joy it brings to the children.”

Mr Boucher said the Santa Run and Lolly Drive was also a great way to raise community awareness about the work the fire service performs, with the trucks carrying a number of Crime Stoppers and fire safety messages.

He said the feedback they received from the community was always “extremely positive.”

“The kids absolutely love this event,” he said.

“I would like to thank the public, businesses and politicians for their generous donations, as without their support this event would not go ahead.”

For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.facebook.com/rokebyvolunteerfirebrigadesantarun.