The Queensland Police Pipe and Drums (QPP&D) band was invited to the Variety Special Children’s Christmas Party at Southbank on Sunday. Our pipes and drums band played Star Wars tunes as it lead characters from the ‘501st Legion’ charity group through the crowds. The QPP&D then lead everyone into the main concert hall at the convention centre where the band performed as part of celebrations.
The Redback Garrison attended this year’s Annual 4KQ Children’s Christmas Party. It’s always a favourite for all of our troopers, as we get so many enthusiastic kids and parents wanting to share the simple fun of Star Wars! This year, we had a huge turnout, even escorted into the event by the Queensland Police band!
(that’s me, kneeling behind the drum!)
After the event was finished, and all the weary mums, dads, and kids went home – we got this lovely letter thanking us for attending.
This makes all the armour-bites, all the sweaty undersuits, and all the blisters so worthwhile.
“I wish I could thank all of you personally, but obviously I can’t. My 8 year old autistic son is Star Wars obsessed, and yesterday was the first time we’ve ever seen the characters live. Every single person, in character and in Garrison shirts, was wonderfully patient, polite and very accommodating for photos. You probably don’t realise how much of an impact you have on children like mine, but you literally made his day. It was truly a dream come true, and something I could never give him. For you all to stay in costume, through the stifling heat, and still be dancing to the music and posing for endless photos, well you deserve a medal. I am even teary as i write this, because you gave us an experience will never forget. As hard as it is to be a parent to a child with difficulties, yesterday made it all worth it. I just cannot thank you all enough, from the bottom of my heart. You are all wonderful. We will be watching your FB site for future appearances from now on. Please pass on my thanks to all those in costume, and feel good knowing how much you meant to my little boy, not to mention the other thousands of children who attended. You are special people.
… and that is why we do what we do!
TK6232 – Jac!
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