From a 10-year-old who made facemasks to a Coles worker who cheered up customers: Meet the everyday Aussie heroes on Scott Morrison’s Christmas card listThe prime minister has written to eight Aussie heroes to thank them for their ‘service and strength’ in 2020 Christmas cards feature a handwritten message from Scott Morrison and also a picture of him and family ‘Australians from all walks of life have stepped up. To each and every Australian, I say thank you,’ he said 

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A 10-year-old boy who made facemasks for charity and a Coles worker praised for cheering up customers are among the hard-working Australians who will get a Christmas card from Scott Morrison this year.

The prime minister has written to eight Aussie heroes to thank them for their ‘service and strength’ during a year which has seen the country battered by raging bushfires and then Covid-19.  

‘In the year of a devastating global pandemic, of bushfire, drought and flood, Australians from all walks of life have stepped up. To each and every Australian, I say thank you,’ Mr Morrison said on Thursday.

Top row from left: WA aged care nurse Regina Crouch, SA Country Fire Service volunteer Nathan Watts, NT Private Frank Marrar, ACT Red Cross volunteer Von Harrington. Bottom row from left: NSW Coles worker Gerren Lowe, QLD year six teacher Lisa Bates, TAS hospital cleaner Annette Kuipers, VIC 10-year-old mask-maker Darcy Hetheron

The Christmas cards feature a handwritten message from the prime minister and also a picture of his family at home in Kirribilli House in Sydney.

‘From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and a Happier New Year,’ the cards say. 

The youngest to receive a card is 10-year-old Darcy Hetheron from Hamilton in regional Victoria who worked with his family to fundraise for his local hospital by making and selling facemasks.

During the strict Victorian lockdown from July to October, he handmade the masks and donated $1 for every one he sold to the Victorian Western District Health Service.

This card, addressed to Australia and handwritten by Scott Morrison, shows what the Christmas greetings look like inside. The PM is pictured with his wife Jenny, daughters Lily and Abbey and dog Buddy

Aged care nurse Regina Crouch will also get a card from the prime minister after she flew from Western Australia to Victoria to help with the state’s deadly second wave of coronavirus.

She left her family behind to support aged care residents and went into two weeks of quarantine when she returned. 

The prime minister said: ‘We have been blessed by Australians such as aged care nurse Regina Crouch, who travelled almost 3,000km from Perth when the call went out for help with the Melbourne Covid outbreak.’

The nurse simply said: ‘I put my hand up.’

Gerren Lowe from Sydney has been recognised for cheering up customers while working at the city’s Broadway store which was inundated with emails and calls from shoppers thanking him for making them feel better.

The prime minister thanked Mr Lowe for ‘lighting up his customers on some very dark days’. 

The long-time Coles team member said: ‘If you come to work and you’re happy and cheerful there won’t be any problems.’

Hospital cleaner Annette Kuipers from Tasmania will also get a card for helping to keep hospital staff and patients safe during the pandemic. 

‘Getting a smile out of very sick people who don’t feel like it. Lifting the spirits. That’s my job… apart from cleaning,’ she said.

Year six teacher Lisa Bates, from Queensland, will also get a card. The prime minister described her as ‘one of our many incredible teachers who transitioned to remote classes to ensure her year six students kept learning.’ 

Alongside those who have worked on the front-line during Covid-19, the prime minister will send cards to three Australians who served during the bushfire crisis. 

South Australian Country Fire Service volunteer Nathan Watts who fought the Black Summer bushfires in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island, and Private Frank Marrar who was deployed as part of Operation Bushfire Assist in the Northern Territory will also get cards.

Another Christmas greeting will be sent to Canberra Red Cross volunteer Von Harrington who ran an evacuation centre during the bushfires and recently has been making daily calls to Australians in quarantine to check on their welfare.    

These are the eight Australians who will get Christmas cards. ‘In the year of a devastating global pandemic, of bushfire, drought and flood, Australians from all walks of life have stepped up. To each and every Australian, I say thank you,’ Mr Morrison said on Thursday

A close-up image shows the inside of the Christmas cards sent to eight Australians who have served the country during the pandemic and bushfires

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