Call goes out to budding Santas
ALL that Scene to Believe wants for Christmas is more Santas.
The event photography agency in charge of booking the big fella's look-alikes at shopping centres around the country is struggling to fill enough suits this year.
It is 80 Santas short Australia-wide.
Maroochydore is one of the centres requiring more Santas to ensure a joyful season.
"Australia-wide, we had more than 100 Santas last year and we are looking for around 200 this year," Scene to Believe's business development manager Isobel King said.
Ms King said the "target market" of Santas may have been missing the job opportunities.
"I think it's more the demographic we are trying to target,'' she said. "They're not always active online, so if we're advertising these jobs online then we might be missing them.''
Women would even be considered for the role of Santa given the numbers needed, as long as they were the right people for the gig.
"We want people who love Christmas, love kids and are generally happy all the time," Ms King said.
"They need to be patient, of course."
Santa has been visiting Kawana Shoppingworld since 1979.
A spokeswoman for the shopping centre said the Santa look-alikes were always a huge hit with families.
"He is very sought-after by all the families in the local area, and he doesn't stop from the moment he arrives in November," the spokeswoman said.
"We offer free Santa photos which mean it's affordable for all families and the crowds come from all over."
The spokeswoman predicted their Santa, the same man every year, would be receiving plenty of requests for electronic presents this year.
Ms King said applicants were desperately needed, and encouraged those interested in helping make the festive season a little more special for Coast kids to get in touch. "It's hard work to a degree but it's also very rewarding," she said.
"People get a lot of joy out of it.
"It's really rewarding and a really fun time of year."
Budding Santas, elves, or even photographers can phone 02 9417 1888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.