Today, sick kids were given some very special Christmas cheer, as famous hairdresser Stefan Ackerie and his team from the charity, MASKS Foundation, visited Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

Stefan, together with dedicated members of the Queensland Police Service arrived at the children’s hospital in a convoy of police vehicles, bikes and Jeeps filled with toys for Queensland’s sickest kids.

“Christmas is a special time of the year, but for many families, they will be spending the festive season in hospital. To help bring laughs and smiles to all of our sick kids and their families, Stefan and his team from MASKS visit the hospital every year, to bring joy, laughter and presents,” Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO Cameron Prout said.

“It’s always wonderful to see so many sick kids from all around Queensland have lots of fun, laughter and smiles to distract them during their tough time in hospital.”

Patients and their families at the hospital enjoyed an array of festive activities, including visits through the wards from Stefan and his team, as well as presents, dancers and Christmas carols.

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Santa also joined in, receiving last minute requests from our kids ahead of Christmas this year.

Guests at the annual Christmas party discovered that Santa has not only mastered the art of climbing down a chimney, but he is also quite talented at abseiling, as he made his way down the centre of the hospital with his special elf helpers.

“The Children’s Hospital Foundation does so much to distract and entertain the kids while they’re undergoing treatment – thank you to everyone from MASKS for their help every year to make this event so special for the kids, their families and the hospital staff,” Cameron said.

For over 15 years, Stefan’s MASKS Foundation has brightened the lives of young patients and brought the community together to put smiles on the faces of sick children and celebrate the dedicated and hard-working staff at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital Foundation.