Peter Hallam from Northfield – better known as Aussie Santa – has celebrated one more Christmas, after being given just months to live.
Mix102.3 breakfast hosts Jodie and Soda teamed up with national drive hosts Will and Woody, after hearing of Peter’s plight from neighbour Gabby.
Having recently gone through a quadruple bypass, Peter has been diagnosed with terminal throat cancer and when the radiation was unsuccessful he was told he had 2-6 months to live.
It meant he was not expected to make it to Christmas.
Peter, aged 65, has spent years bringing joy to his local neighbourhood by dressing up as Santa with wife Jenny as Mrs Claus.
It only seemed fitting that he could enjoy Christmas one more time and the Northfield community could show him their appreciation.
When the Mix102.3 radio hosts put the call out for help put on a Christmas in July for Peter, the response was phenomenal.
So on Thursday night, Peter’s road was closed off (officially) and about 100 people who knew him from the area packed the street that was full of Christmas decorations. There was lights, a snow machine, Christmas carollers, Gourmet Grillerz food truck gave out free food, Today Tonight came along, there were presents that had been donated for Pete to give out, there was a petting zoo, and even a red Holden ute with a HO HO HO number plate.
Watch above to see how the very special night unfolded.
Peter got to be Santa once again – this time having to make-do with a fake beard – but it was the people who came out to support him that he was most touched by.
“I’m very humbled mate,” he told Soda on the night. “I got so many people come here, 90% of people I know and the rest of the faces look familiar but they’ve taken the time to come here which I didn’t think would happen.
“I thought you’d have six or seven people here but there’s all these people, it’s unreal.”
Good on ya, Peter. You deserved that, and more.
Earlier in the day, Peter had got a huge surprise when his 95-year-old father Jack arrived in the Mix102.3 studio to meet him. Watch that emotion-charged moment in the video below…