Santa twice as quick around Emerald, thanks to CQUni students

Published:17 December 2019

CQUniversity Metal Fabrication Teacher Andrew Abbas hands over the reins of the new sleigh to Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Acting Inspector Vanessa Madge. The sleigh was constructed by CQUniversity Metal Fabrication students.

Santa will be riding safely to bring Christmas cheer to the people of Emerald, thanks to the work of local CQUniversity  students.

Stage three Metal Fabrication students, George Walker, Peter Kennedy, Lewis Bampton and Dwayne Matheson, recently joined their teacher Andrew Abbas to construct a new sleigh for Santa to use during Emerald’s 'Operation Rudolph' on Christmas Eve.

Mr Abbas said he was approached by emergency services personnel, as organisers of Operation Rudolph, to construct a replica to the sleigh currently used.

He said the second sleigh would allow the Operation Rudolph route to be split into a 'northside' and 'southside', giving them the capacity to cover the entire town in less time.

CQUniversity's Associate Vice-Chancellor (Central Highlands), Associate Professor Anita Milroy said giving back to the community was important to all at the University.

“We think it’s fabulous that our students are able to use the skills they learn at CQUniversity to the benefit of the community,” Assoc Prof Milroy said.

“Operation Rudolph brings so much joy to the people of Emerald and we are proud to be involved.

“My congratulations and thanks go to the students and Andrew Abbas for being a part of this wonderful event.”

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Acting Inspector Vanessa Madge thanked the students for their hard work.

“We are very community-focused and this project helps to strengthen relationships and bring everyone together for a good cause,” she said.

“It’s things like this that bring a fun side to our job.”