Yesterday morning we had a very special visitor at QPS Headquarters in Roma Street when Santa Claus stopped by to hand out some wonderful presents for the Commissioner’s Gift Drive.
Commissioner Ian Stewart was the official ‘helper’ for the morning, escorting Santa into the atrium and thanking the many people who made this wonderful project possible in 2018.
1,767 children in need in Queensland will receive gifts from the Gift Drive this year, including a few children yesterday who received their gifts directly from Santa and his helpers themselves!
The Melody in Blue QPS choir sang Christmas carols for an audience of QPS and Policelink staff, members of the public and the Sandgate Men’s Shed, who had made a bespoke Santa’s sleigh for the Gift Drive.
The visit from the Dog Squad puppies and their handlers was a huge hit with all attendees, especially the kids.
Variety – The Children’s Charity has been a long-term supporter of the Gift Drive, donating a large amount of toys each year since 2010.
CEO Steve Wakerley and Finance Officer Bec Russell attended, accepting a thank-you gift and certificate on behalf of the charity.
Queensland Country Women’s Association, Greater Brisbane Region are another long-term supporter of the Gift Drive who were present.
QCWA, represented at yesterday’s event by Sue Baillie, Sylvia Raper and Evelyn Nelson, make a generous donation to the Gift Drive each year which is used to purchase toys and wrapping.
The Sandgate Men’s Shed, represented by Peter Lumsdale, Ewen Cameron, and Gerry Loth, were also thanked for their handmade sleigh and a number of wooden toys they crafted for the children.
Thanks also to Sue Roberts, State Coordinator of the Drive, and Assistant State Coordinator Leisa Pratt for organising this year’s Drive and the presentation day.
We’re proud to have helped make a difference to so many children this holiday season!