PRESIDENT Ratu Epeli Nailatikau brought Christmas cheer to the children's ward of the Colonial War Memorial Hospital yesterday.
Ratu Epeli was visiting the children's ward at the invitation of staff members of International Secondary School who supplied gifts for the ward.
ISS primary office manager Lorna Evening-Rafoi said the school had visited the ward each year since 2006 and often invited prominent personalities to hand out gifts.
"Every year we do this on the first Saturday of December and we get a chief guest to come and give out the goodie bags, so this year we wrote a letter to the president's office," she said.
"We followed up on the letter and we were surprised and overjoyed when we got a letter saying that he would be present.
She said the school had prepared 75 gift bags for the children in the ward with students contributing to the gift bags and making hand crafted decorations for the ward.
"We do 75 goodie bags and we have a mufti day at school that contributes to it — every child brings in a dollar coin.
"We have staff that are part of it today to give a $10 levy, we have donations from companies like Jedi's, Nestle, Goodman Fielder, FMF, Rewa Dairy, Dee Cees, PTFA's, ISS Staff students and family members.
"These donations have helped make this day possible.
Acting matron paediatrics Salote Drekeni said the hospital was grateful to ISS for their effort saying it was something they looked forward to.
"They make the staff and patients happy with this activity and to have somebody decorate our wards and come in with gifts — it means a lot to us.