THE flurry of emotions like panic, concern and dismay that are usually felt upon the sight of a fire truck will be switched to excitement, joy and holiday spirit as the Muswellbrook Fire and Rescue Lolly Run rolls around once again.
Returning for its third consecutive year, the program is a summer highlight for the town’s children and is growing more popular each silly season.
“It’s about bringing the community together and spreading the Christmas cheer,” retained firefighter Luke Simpson said.
“It is something people look forward to year in year out now and, hopefully, it becomes a tradition we can keep up.”
He said the gratitude they get from parents and kids alike is exceptional and that makes it evident how worthy a cause it truly is.
“They absolutely love it, the smiles on their faces make the long trek on the long summer days worth it,” Mr Simpson said.
“It’s something our whole crew looks forward to every year and everyone has a go walking or driving the trucks with all our supplies.”
Mr Simpson said due to its success over the past couple of years, there had been a huge influx in donations and resources from local businesses, which meant they can make the event even bigger and better than ever.
The run will occur on December 11, 12 and 13 in the afternoon and evening between the times of 4pm and 8pm, with a “live” tracker on the ‘Fire and Rescue NSW Station 392 Muswellbrook’ Facebook page showing where they are.
Mr Simpson urged people to stay in their area and ensure children were supervised and safe if they go out to the firetruck to receive their lollies, emphasising that safety should always be the highest priority.