December 22, 2020

“Do your reindeer eat candy canes?” ISS Christmas Appeal

Four year old Luca, pictured above, had been waiting all year to ask Santa this question. Much to his disappointment, he had to be admitted to our Children’s Ward before Christmas.

Santa (after some persuasion), decided to drop in to see Luca and all those in our Children’s Ward and make sure they got to enjoy Christmas, just like other children.

For the fourth year running now, ISS Facility Services have made a difference to children unable to spend Christmas with their families, with their annual Christmas Appeal. Over the four years, over 600 children and their grateful parents have been reminded that they are both cared for and not forgotten in this season of giving.

Snez Poposka, Facilities Service Manager ISS Facility Services, who initiated and coordinated the appeal, says she is grateful to all the staff who contributed presents and to Northern Health Foundation and Pacific Epping for convincing Santa to drop by, despite his busy schedule.

Says Snez, “This year we received 101 presents from across Northern Health. My heartfelt thanks to staff and colleagues for their generosity!”

Josie Verga, Fundraising and Engagement Manager, Northern Health Foundation, said she too would like to thank Pacific Epping and the marketing team for their continued support. In addition, she wanted to thank Santa for making the trek all the way from the North Pole to the Children’s Ward.

Courtney Lowry, Nurse Unit Manager Children’s Ward, had this to say, “It really was so wonderful seeing the smiles and excitement from all the kids when Santa visited. Being able to give the kids a present is a great feeling and we thank everyone from ISS Facility Services.”

Saj Amerasinghe, Key Account Manager for ISS Facility Services at Northern Health, thanked Snez and her team and said this was “yet another example of the amazing generosity of our team who give of themselves everyday in this season of giving, bringing the spirit of Christmas to the children of the north.”