TREE’S COMPANY: Minor Hotel Group CEO Dillip Rajakarier and Oaks Hotels and Resorts operations officer Mike Anderson launch the Wishing Tree fund-raiser.
TREE’S COMPANY: Minor Hotel Group CEO Dillip Rajakarier and Oaks Hotels and Resorts operations officer Mike Anderson launch the Wishing Tree fund-raiser. Warren Lynam

Oaks gifts sick kids with an Oasis of hope

YOU won't find presents under the Oaks Oasis Resort Christmas tree but you will find a stark reminder of what the festive season is really about.

Hanging from the Caloundra hotel foyer's two-metre-tall tree are handwritten letters from seriously ill children, part of the resort's new partnership with the Children's Hospital Foundation.

Guests, visitors and the community are encouraged to read the children's wishes and leave a personal message along with a gold coin donation.

Oaks Hotels and Resorts chief operations officer Mike Anderson said the project was not just about the money.

"While most of us are very fortunate to be preparing for our Christmas celebrations with family and loved ones, there are many families that will be spending Christmas in hospital with seriously ill children," he said.

"While donations are vital in raising funds for the Children's Hospital Foundation, it is equally as important to let those children who are suffering and their families know that the local community is supporting them through difficult times.

"Each and every wish is unique.

"Some are hilarious and others heartbreaking.

"Some memorable wishes include asking for a 'Tea Rex' (T-Rex), 'a unicorn' and for 'all the sick kids in the hospital to get better and have lots of fun forever'."



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