Navy spreads the Christmas cheer

Published on LEUT Todd Austin (author), Unknown (photographer)

Location(s): Adelaide, SA

Members of the South Australian Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band and Navy Headquarters - South Australia, sing Christmas Carols and entertain the staff and children at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia. (L-R) Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Kirsty Semmens, Josh Weller, Chief Petty Officer Musician (MUSN) Kara Williams and Able Seaman MUSN Katrina Dickson-Caton. (photo: Unknown)
Members of the South Australian Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band and Navy Headquarters - South Australia, sing Christmas Carols and entertain the staff and children at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia. (L-R) Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Kirsty Semmens, Josh Weller, Chief Petty Officer Musician (MUSN) Kara Williams and Able Seaman MUSN Katrina Dickson-Caton.

Christmas came early in Adelaide this year with Navy personnel in South Australia donning Santa hats and sharing their flair for music with kids in need.
 
Members of the South Australian Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band and Navy Headquarters South Australia performed at the Woman’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, spreading the Christmas cheer to the sick children who will be spending Christmas this year away from home.
 
Chief Petty Officer Musician Kara Williams, Petty Officer Maritime Logisitics - Personnel Kirsty Semmens and Able Seaman Musician Katrina Dickson-Caton sang numerous carols and entertained staff and children in the children’s wards.
 
Chief Petty Officer Williams said it was a pleasure to be able to spread the some Christmas cheer to those in hospital when they wouldn’t normally be able to leave the hospital to attend Christmas-time events.
 
“It was a wonderful experience being able to see the staff and the children in the wards enjoying some Christmas entertainment, and see their faces light up when they joined in with the carols,” Chief Petty Officer Williams said.
 
The Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide is a specialist facility for women's and children's health. They are the leading provider of specialist care for children with acute and chronic conditions in South Australia.