Ponga puts smiles on faces at Children’s hospital

Not everyone will get to spend Christmas day at home with their families.

For the kids at John Hunter Children's Hospital, most of them are likely to spend their Christmas away from home.

In association with Redicrete, nib Newcastle Knights livewire, Kalyn Ponga spent his morning chatting to some kids doing it tough.

The 20-year-old says it was a privilege to spend time with the kids and try and make their Christmas a special one.


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Ponga arrived at the Children's Hospital quite nervous because the kids had some tough questions prepared for him.

"When I saw all the lights and stuff, I got a bit excited, I've obviously met a couple of the children already, I'm just excited to get around them," Ponga said.

"I think they have questions for me so I'm a little nervous.


"Being who I am gives me an opportunity to come in here and sort of spend time with the kids.

"It's a privilege and it's a good part of being who I am."

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Despite the tough questions, Ponga really enjoyed spending his day with the kids.

"Christmas time is a great time for a lot of people," Ponga added.

"The hospital does a great job, lots of lights up in the place and I felt a good vibe coming in so hopefully I can put a smile on their face."


The Knights have had a busy off-season, recruiting eight new players for 2019.

Last week, the Knights announced the signing of Test and State of Origin forward David Klemmer who joined the team in training on Monday.

Ponga said the signings are giving a fresh feel to the team.

"Everyone is working hard, that's what pre-season is," Ponga said.

"It's a good vibe, there's a lot of energy around the place still because everyone's new.

"We're pretty excited to smash these two weeks out, get a little break and head into the new year."