Arthur Butler’s Christmas wish to be Father Christmas has come true. Picture: Matt Turner
Arthur Butler’s Christmas wish to be Father Christmas has come true. Picture: Matt Turner

Arthur lives out dream Christmas wish

ARTHUR Butler's Christmas wish to be Father Christmas has come true.

Happy Valley Primary School contacted the Aboriginal man from Kurralta Park after reading about his desire to play Father Christmas last week.

The Adelaide school is holding a Christmas market on Saturday and was "desperately seeking" someone to play Father Christmas.

Happy Valley Primary School fundraising committee chairwoman Jane Kennedy said it was a "match made in the North Pole".

"He was desperately seeking to be Santa and we were desperately seeking Santa," she said.

"We have no preconception that Santa is required to be of a particular race and we actively encourage diversity within our school."

Mr Butler was hurt after recently seeing an online advertisement from a talent agency looking for "caucasian" men to play Father Christmas this festive season.

He started a Facebook page called Arthur for Santa Gig - to make his dream of being Father Christmas come true.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the children's faces light up when I come into the fundraiser at the school," Mr Butler said.

He is still hoping to find other events to be Father Christmas, and is happy to be a volunteer.

"I would love someone to pick me," he said.

"I'm not in it for the money - I'm here to bring love, joy and happiness to people."