Tane only wants to see Santa Claus

FIVE-year-old Tane Bradley had one thing on his mind on Saturday ? seeing Santa Claus.

Tane, who suffers from Down Syndrome, got his wish but he had to share the jolly man in red with more than 1000 other special needs children at the annual Golden Casket Variety Christmas Party at the Rockhampton Show-grounds on Saturday afernoon.

"All he wanted to do was see Santa, he didn't want to do anything else,'' his mother, Noelene, said.

And Santa had something special in his sack for Tane, a keyboard which Noelene jokes is already driving her up the wall.

"He was playing it all yesterday afternoon and it started again at six this morning ... I've already hidden it once but the kids found it,'' she said.

The Christmas party, now in its 12th year, is held for children who are suffering from a disability or a life-threatening illness and their families.

Money is raised through local businesses to buy a gift for each child and any leftover gifts are donated to Rockhampton Hospital's children's ward.

This year's party was the third for the Bradley family and Noelene said the day was as much fun for parents as it was for the children.

"It's good to catch up with other parents of special needs children and it's good for siblings to see other families and know they aren't the only one with a brother or sister with a disability.



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