MORE than 1200 Santa Clauses of all ages, shapes and sizes have come to town and transformed Newcastle’s foreshore into a sea of red to help Hunter children with rare illnesses.
Participants including Newcastle Knights legend Danny Buderus and his family embraced the Christmas spirit and dressed in a five piece red and white suit on Sunday for the seventh annual Santa Fun Run, which comprised a five kilometre flat course that started and finished in Honeysuckle.
All registration fees and additional fundraising went to not for profit Variety – The Children’s Charity.
The organisation’s regional director for NSW Jason Bourke said the event raised about $30,000, which will help to establish a local case management service for children who have rare illnesses or diseases and their families. “If a child unfortunately receives a cancer diagnosis they fortunately have access to a range of support,” Mr Bourke said.
“There are 130 other rare diseases that we never hear about and there are no support networks or services.”