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Santa swaps sleigh for CareFlight chopper at Oakey event

The sound of sleigh bells will be replaced with thumping rotor blades when the RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter delivers Santa to the Oakey Santa Fair in style at 6:15pm on Wednesday 4 December.

Before the chopper lands in a nearby football field, CareFlight’s Pilot will skilfully hover above Oakey’s main business street so Santa can wave to the crowd.

The community Christmas celebration will close down Campbell St to make way for a host of free activities for the whole family.

RACQ CareFlight’s Suzie Washington said the free community event will feature kid’s entertainment, market stalls, food and drinks vendors and carnival rides from 6pm.

“The Oakey Santa Fair is set to be a wonderful community evening and we encourage everyone to come along and meet the CareFlight crew and of course Santa Claus,” she said.

“Santa bags filled with goodies will also be given out to children thanks to a donation by New Hope Group, a valued CareFlight sponsor.”

The chopper landing will couple as a vital fundraising drive for CareFlight in the lead-up to the service’s notoriously busy Christmas period with a raffle and CareFlight merchandise for sale to support the charity.

RACQ CareFlight Rescue is a lifesaving community helicopter rescue service that relies on the community for almost a third of its funding.