Social distancing may have prevented Mikkey Wrigley from having a big party to celebrate his fifth birthday, but a group of firefighters still found a way to make the day special.
Mikkey got a surprise when 10 emergency service workers, including firefighters, Rural Fire Service volunteers and a police officer, showed up at his front door in Kalbar, south-west of Brisbane, to sing Happy Birthday.
The emergency workers drove fire trucks down the street with sirens blaring before getting out, singing and handing out balloons.
The surprise visits were started to help lighten the mood for the kids in town who can’t go to school, go out on holidays or have a party during the coronavirus pandemic.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Kalbar captain Scott Webber said his wife Deanna came up with the idea, and soon local police and rural fire volunteers jumped on board.
“We’ve been through drought, the fires and storms so we just thought, why don’t we wish these kids happy birthday?” he said.
Deanna Webber said the reaction of each child was priceless.
“It’s just something little that we can do, something to brighten the mood around the town.
“We’ll try to continue it as much as we can. We’ll do the best we can to put a smile on children’s faces.”
The emergency service people all followed social distancing protocols but the sirens made the distance sound so close.
ABC Anna Hartley