IT was high-fives all round when the Variety Monster dropped into the paediatric ward of the Royal Hobart Hospital on 21 December.
Delivering an array of gifts for use by inpatients during their stay, the monster, with his guardians from Variety Tasmania, brought festive cheer to children, parents and medical staff at the hospital.
As well as a Nintendo Wii video game console and accessory pack, the gifts also included an array of DVDs and games.
The presentation was made possible by a generous donation received from Variety Tasmania supporters and the implementation of the charity’s caring program which provides products and services to assist children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.
Variety Tasmania state manager Luke Doyle said the gift donations helped to make Christmas a little brighter for children in the ward.
“It was a pleasure to see the children’s eyes light up as the Variety Monster appeared,” he said.
“For children, spending time away from their loved ones is hard, but it is made even more difficult [at a time] when families traditionally converge to enjoy the festive period.”