“We’re thinking of you this Christmas!” That was the wonderful message from students with the Localise volunteer programme to everyone in the Mater Hospital over the festive season. 

These wonderful students with the Localise Volunteer Programme made a gift of 300 Christmas Cards to our staff and patients for the festive season

Christmas is an incredibly busy time at the Mater Hospital. So it was wonderful to get a visit today from a group of students from St Catherine’s Primary School through the Localise Volunteer Programme. They made the gift of a Christmas hamper and 300 hand-made, beautifully decorated Christmas cards and Christmas decorations to patients and staff of the Mater Hospital. Especially the senior citizens and geriatric patients of the Mater and all the hospital staff who care for and support them.

Over the last 10 weeks, these young volunteers have been trying to think of ways they can be of service to their local community. They’re primary school students of St Catherine’s Primary School in Cabra and they’re members of the Localise Volunteer Programme. Localise is a registered charity programme in partnership with schools nationwide to help young people make a difference in their local community. As part of this programme, these young people realized that loneliness and isolation can be a problem for people spending Christmas in hospital, especially elderly patients.

“Thinking of you this Christmas” is a wonderful message of Peace, Love and Joy from the young people of Cabra Localise to the patients and staff of the Mater Hospital. There are now 300 beautiful, hand-made Christmas cards for people who need a little magic over the holidays. And we’d like to thank these young volunteers for going out of their way to make that positive difference to their community.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


We were lucky enough to have a performance of Christmas carols after being presented a wonderful box of cards


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