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Santa keeps smoke out of his eyes as he abseils down Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour delivering early Christmas presents

December 9, 2019 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

‘Santa’ braved Sydney’s thick smoke haze to abseil down the imposing facade of Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, bringing presents to children from Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The ‘drop-in’ visit of Santa was arranged by the Sofitel’s owner, Dr Jerry Schwartz, who joined in the spirit by dressing up as an elf, helping Santa distribute the presents to the children waiting on the ground.

Santa may be used to travelling long distances from the North Pole, but coming down the 35 storey (115 metres) hotel was definitely an unusual way of delivering Christmas joy.

Dressed in full Santa gear, the role was played by Edvaldo Godoy, owner of high-rise window cleaning business, Brazil Clean, which is well known for abseiling down Sydney’s skyscrapers, cleaning windows.

And as with all Santas, he brought presents in his sack for almost 100 children watching his descent. They included hotel guests, visitors in Darling Harbour, and a special group of children from Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Dr Schwartz said that the descent by Santa was made even more challenging by the thick smoke over the Sydney CBD: “Fortunately Santa is used to arduous journeys, so while smoke was probably getting in his eyes, he was never going to be stopped from delivering an early Christmas present to the children.

“Many of the kids at Ronald McDonald House are doing it tough, so it was great to see Santa’s visit bring smiles to their faces.

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