Magical Christmas Photos for Sick Children in Hospitals Across Australia

Christmas is a time to spend with family, to celebrate the year and the hope of the future. But what if your world was turned around, and you faced an uncertain future where Hospital was your home.

These sick children, spending Christmas in hospitals around Australia, were surprised by Santa and a team of volunteers who brought some Christmas Magic into their lives through magical Santa photos.

These children thought they were having ‘normal’ Santa photos, but when they saw their finished artwork for the first time they were amazed! For some, this would be their only Christmas portrait. For others this was the first family portrait they’d ever had taken.

This project was made possible by a generous group of volunteers led by Karen Alsop, Story Art


This video was directed by Courtney Holmes –


Heart Project Christmas Wish Team:

Victoria MacKay

Rosie Appleton

Mandy Smith

Joanne Manariti

Brittany Long

Jacqui Griffin

Kelly Griffin

Naomi Bassham

Naomi Bubner

Yvette Martinette

Brian Bird

Adam Cubito

Karley Miller

Nikki Miller


Kevin Harris


Kirra Harris

Christine Itel

Kylie Purtell

Gemma Valentine-Davies


Christmas Wish 2017 is proudly supported by Adobe Australia.

Big thanks to: Seldex Australia, Kayell Australia, Epson Australia, Wacom Australia, Tether Tools, Motion Array

Thank you to Monash Children’s Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, for welcoming The Heart Project with open arms and helping Christmas Wish come to life!

We are taking Christmas Wish Worldwide!

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We can provide you with behind the scenes images, finished images, before and afters, animations and speed edits. Interviews available with members of the team.


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