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Santa Brings High-tech Holiday Cheer to Australian Children at Royal Children’s Hospital with Video Technology from Queensland Health and Cisco

Earlier this week, with the magic of innovative video technology from Queensland Health and Cisco, young patients from Royal Children’s Hospital were given a special opportunity to see and talk live with Santa in his winter home in the North Pole.

Being in hospital over Christmas can mean that children miss out on some of the exciting Christmas traditions, particularly visiting Santa Claus.  By bringing Santa to patients at Royal Children’s Hospital using video technology, hospital staff were able to provide that all-important Christmas sparkle and spirit to the ward, putting a smile on all the children’s faces, and helping to provide an enjoyable experience for the children and their family and friends.

Children and their family members gathered around in the common areas at Royal Children’s Hospital where the Cisco video solution was set up.  As the video solution is mobile, it was also transported to patients’ bedsides so that children who need special care also had the chance to see and speak with Santa Claus.

This initiative is a perfect kick-off to the holiday season and is also a great way to show the power of technology – and how it can transform our world – one Santa visit at a time!

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49 Comments.


  1. This is such a great idea! We've been promoting the ease at which anyone can donate a toy to a child in need- many children's hospitals and charities accept in-kind gifts of new toys shipped directly to them- great for online shoppers! Santa will have some gifts to deliver next year!
  2. This is a very noble act. Children at the hospital needs this more than anything.
  3. Great job Cisco! What you done for the kids is awesome. I hope more companies will follow in your foot steps. Those kids miss out of alot being in a hospital during Christmas. Let's all visit someone in the hospital this Christmas!
  4. Hi Linda.. As a contributor to several kids homes this was this was great to hear. It's amazing how technology was able to make this all happen. I'm sure the kids all had big smiles on their faces.
  5. That's a very nice initiative. Some other big companies should learn from you and do the same for those kids.
  6. wow this article is very nice. It's a new inspiration for me. i like it. thank you my friend. merry christmas and happy new year.
  7. Cool! Like the first commenter said, children in hospitals really need this more than anyone. And while it would be impossible for Santa to actually go and visit every child in the hospital, this technology makes it possible. How great!
  8. this is super cool Santa Claus is also enjoying the technology that we are using thanks to technology, through this Santa don't need to ride to his reindeer..Good job Cisco you made them feel the true meaning of Christmas.
  9. awesome. Good to know that you are helping out children. The world needs more companies like this. Giving back is always a great.
  10. It's good to hear that these kids were able to enjoy a piece of the holiday season. I bet this made them feel special.
  11. hey its very good article.
  12. This is really sweet and what way to cheer these children up than be able to talk to Santa via video technology.
  13. Great act of love for children in hospitals. It will bring a huge smile in their lovely faces!
  14. Wow!! Great job Cisco! What you done for the kids is awesome. I hope more companies will follow in your foot steps. Those kids miss out of alot being in a hospital during Christmas. Let’s all visit someone in the hospital this Christmas!
  15. Great job (and good PR) ;-) I really prefer for corporations like Cisco to do stuff like that then to spend millions on advertising. Keep going!
  16. Aww, that was very nice of you guys. I bet the children enjoyed it. God knows they needed it =/
  17. Great job done, happiness is one thing which cannot be purchased at any cost. And when you see the happy faces of little ones, it makes you more happier. Great Job.
  18. hey it is really interesting, really fun for kids. it is good one.
  19. this is a very kind and noble act.. childrens at hospitals willbe happy alot....i am sure not only their christmas but yours christmas would be a happy one by seeing their smiles!!
  20. Beautiful Act! Congratulations.
  21. It will bring a huge smile in their lovely faces!
  22. Very Funny Santa thank you
  23. This is good and informative Article.... you have really assisted any children and their family and friends...very good job
  24. That is so nice that someone has taken the time and made this kids happier.I donated some money this year and gathered toys for them,I hope this will continue every year. Happy 2012 to all !
  25. This is a very noble . Children at the hospital needs this more than . :)
  26. Wow you made all those children very happy.
  27. Happy holiday for all. This is a great idea.
  28. Wow!! Great job Cisco! What you done for the kids is awesome
  29. Wow!! Great job Cisco! What you done for the kids is awesome visit
  30. Very touchy, always nice to see when technologies touches the lifes of people around
  31. Aww what a nice sentiment to the kids at the hospital. Hope they managed to have a good Christmas!
  32. Wow you made all those children very happy.
  33. Very nice post.. congratulations
  34. Awesome ! The Santa looks really cool.Its really a great idea
  35. This is awesome! as the saying goes "treat with care" .. I believe the children are sick with seeing the video, the percentage of recovery will increase. let alone a direct dialogue with the saint, will surely please the kids are sick. This is really a brilliant idea.
  36. Technology has made our lives easier. Having these children talk to Santa on the Christmas eve could be the best gift ever for them.
  37. That is very nice article, i will learn from you
  38. That's a great news. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it!
  39. awesome one...nice to hear that... thumbs for all those who attached with this.. :)
  40. Cisco is one of the best companies out there and technology advancement and giving the consumers great options is what they do best. I am excited to hear this good news and looking forward of the progress in the coming years. Have a wonderful year ahead.
  41. nice live santa from north pole
  42. Nice to know that company like Cisco really takes an effort to make kids happy specially on holiday season.