Santa ready to hit the streets

McIvor Times - - NEWS - By VANESSA WILT­SHIRE

KIDS, did you know that Santa is com­ing to Heath­cote not once but THREE times this year?

Once for Christ­mas, once for Carols and once for the an­nual Santa Lolly Run.

In the spirit of a 20-year Heath­cote tra­di­tion, the man in red will swap his sleigh and rein­deer for a CFA fire truck on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21. From 7pm he and his ‘elf’ vol­un­teers will drive to sev­eral van­tage points around town, speak­ing to chil­dren and giv­ing out lol­lies.

The event, which is or­gan­ised by the Heath­cote CFA, is free. Carl Watkins, Heath­cote CFA cap­tain, said that there are 14 places Santa will stop at. “Santa will drive the fire truck,” Mr Watkins con­firmed. “Like a Mr Whippy van, he and his ‘elves’ will sound the siren as they go.’’

Mr Watkins said that in pre­vi­ous years there have been as many as 30 chil­dren on street cor­ners, all ea­ger to cap­ture a glimpse of Fa­ther Christ­mas. And of course, pocket some lol­lies.

“Santa gets out of the truck at ev­ery stop,” Mr Watkins said. “It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for kids to see him up close. It’s also a great way to make sure that ev­ery­one gets their fair share of lol­lies.”

Although Mr Watkins was un­cer­tain about how many are given away, he did con­firm that the bri­gade buys “sev­eral ki­los” in prepa­ra­tion.

“It’s a lot of lol­lies,” Mr Watkins said. “Over­all, the Lolly Run is a fan­tas­tic event. Each year par­ents tell us how much the kids en­joy it. But I guess we al­ready know that, be­cause Santa comes back empty-handed, ev­ery sin­gle time.”

The Santa Lolly Run starts at 7pm on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21.

Santa will de­part the Heath­cote CFA and stop at the fol­low­ing “cor­ner of” lo­ca­tions: Kil­more and Vic­to­ria Hill Roads; Her­riot and Eb­den Street; Eb­den and Chauncy Street; Eb­den and Pohlman Street; Eb­den and Mitchell Street; Mitchell and Playne Street; Playne and Pohlman Street; Playne and Chauncy Street; Playne and Her­riott Street; Wright and Chauncey Street; Wright and Pohlman Street; Wright and Mitchell Street; Shake­speare Street and Scullys Lane; Scullys Lane and Wat­tle Drive.

Santa will be driv­ing the CFA truck around town, hand­ing out lol­lies.

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