Town Santa de­liv­ers to Ta­wonga CFA

Myrtleford Times - - News -

EV­ERY year in the week run­ning up to Christ­mas, Bill Sut­ton dresses up in his Santa suit and sits on the ve­ran­dah of his Mt Beauty home and in­ter­acts with the lo­cals.

He chats to passes by and hands out lollies to chil­dren while col­lect­ing do­na­tions.

Each year, af­ter much thought, Mr Sut­ton se­lects a lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion in need of sup­port, and this year a cheque for $700 was handed to the Ta­wonga Fire Bri­gade.

“We al­ways choose a lo­cal group so the money stays in our com­mu­nity,” Mr Sut­ton said.

“Over the years we have col­lected well over $20,000 which has been dis­trib­uted to groups who need it most.”

The $700 given to The Ta­wonga Bri­gade will be put into a fund to buy a new ul­tra-light tanker which will cost $135,000.

Mr Sut­ton said he will con­tinue his ‘Santa on the ve­ran­dah’ ac­tiv­i­ties as long as he is ca­pa­ble of do­ing so.

“I re­cently ex­plained about the project to the woman who sup­plies Santa suits,” he said.

“She was so im­pressed that she sent us a brand new top-qual­ity suit worth $2500 and didn’t charge us a cent.”

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