7 December 2019 Featured News

Glowsticks light up the night to bring Christmas cheer

Patients, families and staff of the Queensland Children’s Hospital came together tonight to kick off the festive season with the Children’s Hospital Foundation’s annual Carols by Glowstick event.

Families enjoyed a picnic dinner under the stars while enjoying the live show, which included performances by the Army Pep Band, Children’s Health Queensland Community Choir, Theatre & Dance, Qld Show Choir, and Queensland Children’s Hospital music therapists.

There was also face painting, a visit from Wonder Bear, roving Christmas entertainers – and of course, a visit from Santa, who arrived in style with a Mounted Police escort.

Children’s Hospital Foundation Chief Executive Rosie Simpson said the annual event gave patients and families a chance to temporarily forget about the health challenges they’re facing, have some festive fun and make some special memories outside of the hospital environment.

“Carols by Glowstick is a wonderful tradition that we’re proud to host each year. No one wants to be in hospital at Christmas time, particularly kids, so we do our very best to ensure they have the chance to just be kids and enjoy some Christmas magic,” Ms Simpson said.

“I’d like to thank all of the children and families who joined us, and all our donors, volunteers and partners for helping to make this special event possible for families again this year.”