With international border closures threatening to stop Santa flying across the globe this Christmas, seven of Australia and New Zealand’s littlest leaders have united to devise a solution.

The Christmas 2020 (C20) Virtual Summit was chaired by Jack Berne, the 12-year-old mastermind behind Fiver for a Farmer and involved representatives between the ages of six-to-13 years from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Perth and Auckland.

Jack Berne summarised the C20 Summit recommendations saying: “We’re asking families across both our great nations down under to build their own magical present portals as a solution for Santa to overcome international flight restrictions.

“We were so excited that Santa joined our summit to reassure us that if we built magical portals children on the nice list will still receive presents Christmas morning, saving the festive season and bringing families together.

“We’ve found LEGO products to be the most effective creative tool but for those without this at home, pasta, old buttons and things like pipe cleaners will do the job. That being said, I think it’s important for families to know that it’s creativity, fun and time with those we love that will save Christmas,” he said.

Jack Bearne, 12, launched his fundraiser, A Fiver for a Farmer in 2018 and has since raised over $1.8 million for drought-affected communities.

The C20 leaders have released exclusive footage from the Summit itself to provide inspiration to other Aussie and Kiwi kids keen to build their own magical present portals.

These ideas include:

  • Sophia Rizzo, Gold Coast: 12-year-old founder and CEO of Glitter Girl, an environmentally-friendly makeup company that donates $1 dollar of every sale to The Australian Rhino Project (a.k.a chubby unicorns), Sophia has built a magical glitter portal featuring a sparkling unicorn to distribute gifts.
  • Scott Guerini, Perth: Founded Scott’s Great Walk at the age of four to raise money for sick children and babies. Now 13 years, Scott has negotiated Darth Vader to let his dark side rest and work alongside the Resistance to leverage the power of The Force.
  • Lennox Wade, Sydney: 7-year-old creator of #Snacktember, which collects unwanted pantry items for Ozharvest, Lennox has employed the strength of superheroes to help distribute joy.

Sophia Rizzo, 12 is founder and CEO of Glitter Girl and her company donates $1 dollar from every sale to The Australian Rhino Project.

  • Oliver Alkhair, Sydney: 13-year-old musical theatre enthusiast who helped raise over $7,000 for the struggling arts industry during COVID-19. Oliver has constructed a contactless delivery vehicle that can be remote controlled by Santa from the cold comfort of the North Pole.
  • Lola Burke, Brisbane: UK-born 9-year-old facing her first festive season celebrated without her English grandparents and cousins, Lola has channelled her love for family and ‘The Faraway Tree’
  • Oli Peckham, Auckland: 6-year-old environmentalist dedicated to protecting native NZ bush and animals. Recently involved in a protest and sit-in to save iconic trees from being cut down in his hometown. Oli has roped in Batman and Robin to help deliver Santa’s presents from the icy North Pole to NZ using an amphibious e-sleigh and e-submarine powered by solar energy and plants

Oliver, 13 has raised $7,000 for the struggling arts industry during COVID-19.

Angie Tutt, Senior Director, Head of Marketing at LEGO Australia & New Zealand, said about the summit: “After what’s been a really challenging year, we’re extremely inspired by the proactivity of the country’s kids to think outside the box.”

“The LEGO Group takes great pride in facilitating creative play that develops lifelong skills for children, and of course, for the whole family to spend quality time together while having fun,” Ms Tutt said.

For more Christmas creative inspiration visit LEGO.