Santa Claus Visits St. Paul’s Hospital’s Maternity Centre

Vancouver, December 20, 2012 – In what has become a well-known Vancouver Christmas tradition, Santa Claus (Dal Richards) will pay a visit to the Maternity Centre at St. Paul's Hospital tomorrow (Friday, December 21, 2012) at 12:45 p.m.

Santa makes the visit every year on behalf of Variety – The Children's Charity, major donors to the Maternity Centre's Variety Special Care Nursery. Santa will be singing and giving away stuffed animals and blankets to children and parents in the Centre, along with his friends from Variety.

Dal Richards is a beloved figure on the Vancouver music scene, a world-renowned band leader, and Ambassador-at-Large for Variety – The Children's Charity. He has been visiting St. Paul's Hospital for more than 20 years. His special connection to the maternity ward at St. Paul's began with the birth of his daughter Dallas – a “preemie” born at St. Paul's in November 1951. He was so grateful for the care she received during her six week stay that he jumped at the chance to be Variety's Ambassador-at-Large.

St. Paul's Hospital is part of Providence Health Care, one of Canada's largest faith-based health care organizations.

Event: Santa Claus (Dal Richards) Visits Maternity Centre
Time: 12:45 p.m.
Date: Friday, December 21, 2012
Place: St. Paul's Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street

Media are invited — If you are attending this event, please check in with a PHC Communications staff member at the information desk on the main floor of the St. Paul’s Hospital Burrard building at 12:30pm.


Dave Lefebvre
Senior Communications Specialist - Media Relations
Providence Health Care
(604) 682-2344 xt. 66987
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