With 11 sleeps to go, the Christmas countdown is on.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Hillsbus Dural depot.
Drivers gave up their own time to deck out two buses, which are back on the road to raise money for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s Lights for Kids appeal.
The project is financed and supported by Hillsbus. The annual tradition was started in 2007 by Peter Rose, who was a driver at the Seven Hills depot at the time who wanted to spread some Christmas cheer to sick kids.
Passengers are encouraged to put their small change in the donation buckets in each bus.
“Our drivers have worked hard on making these Christmas buses the best ever and they get a lot of satisfaction out of not only helping to raise money for a worthy cause but also providing some Christmas cheer for our customers,” Hillsbus spokeswoman Christine Bishara said.
“Once again we hope our customers will get into the festive spirit and be generous in their support.”
The two buses, with a Santa and a North Pole theme, will operate out of the Dural depot and will run on city and local services throughout December.
“They’ll be on Parramatta, Castle Hill and Dural routes, which will change each week,” Ms Bishara said.
Thousands of dollars have been raised over the years for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to continue providing specialised care and support for sick children.
Hillsbus raised almost $9500 last year.
“Some of our patients spend the festive season in hospital and unfortunately do not get the opportunity to head out to see the Christmas lights with their families,” Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network chief executive Dr Michael Brydon said.
“This time of year is all about giving and Lights for Kids is the perfect way to be involved and help sick kids live their healthiest lives.”
Families are also lighting up their homes with Christmas displays through the Lights for Kids campaign.
One of the registered homes raising money for the children’s hospital is in Garnet Place, Kellyville.
- Donations: lightsforkids.org.au.