Hout Bay NSRI volunteers visited Victoria hospital – story by Laura Piggott:
Every year Station 8, Hout Bay, holds a Christmas party for the crew and their families. Although each volunteer gives so much of themselves already, the spirit of giving never ends at saving lives at sea.
The Sea Rescue base has a tradition where by members bring a gift for “Santa Claus” to give to their own children as well as those who are less fortunate. This year a very special and important place was chosen to be the recipient of the bags of gifts that the crew rallied to donate, Victoria Hospital’s Children’s Ward.
Often a forgotten place, Victoria offers an essential service to many people and this year in particular the children’s ward had a considerable number of patients.
On Christmas Eve three Christmas elves from Hout Bay NSRI arrived with bags of gifts in hand to brighten up the children’s Christmas, and brighten it up they did!
The smiles from some very sick children made it obvious how much these gifts were appreciated.
I am proud to be part of a base who never stops giving, be it of themselves in order to save a life or a thoughtful gift to improve a life… the generosity is outstanding.