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Christmas carols with a distinctly Australian tone

- December 10, 2012

About 350 people joined us for the 2012 edition of our popular Christmas celebration – including Santa and a few characters from the Aussie bush.

"We saw someone hugging Santa Claus, at the Christmas Carols gig last night."

Miles the Frill Necked Lizard and Roxie the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby from the Wild Aussies family performed their special Christmas show for children.

The Wild Aussies performance is a show about difference, accepting others, and the importance of preserving our Australian wildlife.


(L) Miles the frill-necked lizard strikes a pose and (R) Roxie does her rap.

Karen (one of our educators from Gorton House) and Suli (father of Zoe from Gorton House and Luke from Robinson House) also entertained the crowd. Kenton (father of Jonathon from Gorton House) helped to lead the carols.

Karen and Suli belt out another tune.

Being together

It was all a wonderful way for children, their families and our local community to share some time together in our beautiful heritage-listed grounds.

Check out our photo album of the night on our Facebook page.

Some families brought a picnic; others tucked into a delicious BBQ dinner; and everyone had a good time, especially the children.

Robinson House tigers and -- Spiderwoman? -- on the prowl before Santa's arrival.

Thank you

A big thank you to Wests Ashfield Leagues, Club Ashfield, Club Five Dock RSL, Richard Matthews Real Estate, and Herbalife for their donations. Thanks also to the volunteers from Westpac and Herbalife for their support.

Club Ashfield board member Gerard Gordon drew the raffle and sent someone home very happy with a new Samsung Galaxy tablet computer.

And a final thank you to Pete Owens (husband of our grant writer Angela). Santa has never looked so healthy.

About 350 people enjoyed an outdoors meal and Christmas Carols on our main lawn.

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