A group of African refugees and several chronically ill children were among 80 special guests at the NRL Players Charity Christmas Party held at St Marys on Wednesday.
More than 30 players from Sydney NRL clubs – including the Penrith Panthers – joined forces at the One Community event at the Go Bananas play centre at St Marys Leagues Club to play Santa with the children and bring extra cheer to their Christmas.
The children were from the Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) Western Sydney, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Camp Quality and Blacktown PCYC.
“Many of these children won’t get to experience a Christmas like most children, so today is really special for them. They get the chance to feel spoilt like all children should at this time of year,” said AMS CEO, Frank Vincent.
One Community Ambassador, Trent Barrett, said it was one of his favourite events of the year as the players get the chance to have some fun and at the same time put a smile on the face of children.