Fonterra Dennington delivers Christmas cheer to Warrnambool patients 

Santa Claus got a head start on his deliveries this year, stopping by South West Healthcare’s Warrnambool Base Hospital to deliver gifts and Christmas cheer.

Fonterra’s Dennington Social Club Committee co-ordinated Santa’s Christmas visit, now in its 86th year, with the team at Dennington helping to hand out gifts, standing in for Santa’s elves who were unable to make the trip so close to Christmas Eve.

Suzan Morey, Community Partnerships Manager, South West Healthcare, said Christmas can be a difficult time for people in hospital, and that being able to experience a bit of Christmas cheer lifts their spirits and can make a positive difference in their recovery.

“Thanks to the team at Fonterra Dennington and their North Pole connections, Santa brought smiles to the faces of 122 babies, children and adults. Many of them even got a selfie with Santa before he headed back to his workshop” said Suzan.

Randall Ferguson, Site Manager – Dennington, said Fonterra was proud to give back to the community that had supported the Dennington site for over 100 years.

“Warrnambool Base Hospital is integral to our community, ensuring sick children and adults can be treated locally, nearer their families, rather than having to travel to Geelong or Melbourne for treatment.

“We’re honoured to work alongside them, as we have for 86 years running, to host Santa and spread Christmas joy.”

As they have for the past 13 years, the talented youth of local theatrical group The Holiday Actors Inc. also joined in the festivities to fill the wards with angelic renditions of popular Christmas carols.

“The beautiful voices of The Holiday Actors Inc. really helped everyone get into the Christmas spirit.

“Thanks to South West Healthcare for hosting Santa and allowing us to help share the joy – the annual event is the highlight of our calendar and the team are so proud to be part of it,” says Randall.