EASTER A MAGICAL TIME TO BE BORN AT THE SAN

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Bianca Huang, Mason Eaton and Massimo Zavone and (inset) midwives Karen Shoppee and Amanda McCamey.

EASTER’S message of new life will shine through at the San hospital at Wahroonga, where up to 30 babies are expected to enter the world over the long weekend.

The newborns will receive a special gift of Easter Bunny booties lovingly knitted by the hospital’s 500-strong volunteer team.

Bianca Huang, Mason Eaton and Massimo Zavone were born last week and started celebrations early. San midwife Amanda McCamey said mothers welcomed the annual tradition. “The booties are incredibly cute

— they’re obviously made with so much love by the volunteers,’’ Mrs McCamey said. “For the San babies, they’ll be a lifelong reminder they were born at a special time of the year when we all celebrate life. “We love adding to this magical time in all their lives.”

Mrs McCamey is part of a 100-strong team of midwives at the San, where almost 2000 babies are born each year.

“I feel so lucky I get to witness new parents and babies bond with each other … it’s the start of a new life for them all,’’ she said.

At St Leo’s Catholic College, Wahroonga, students will stage the Way Of The Cross today.

On Easter Sunday, Dural’s Golden Ridge Animal Farm will host a family fun day, with an Easter egg hunt and the chance to feed farm animals.

Farm worker Chey Nye said the event was popular for all ages.

“The adults love it because all they have to do is sit back and watch the kids and, as long as the children are smiling, they’re happy.” Tickets from $20.