Words: Jane O'Connor, Photos: Yanni
Have you ever asked yourself what would Christmas be like if you were alone or if you could not afford to buy lunch for your family?
Last year Vance and Vanessa‘s 5 and 6 year old asked if they could feed those in need on Christmas Day. They asked around and couldn’t find anything in their local suburb Chelsea; so this year they decided to start an initiative within their community. Local community families in conjunction with St Joseph’s Parish & School, Chelsea Community Church of Christ, Uniting Church of Australia (Chelsea) and St Vincent de Paul are joining together to run a Community Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day.
‘The idea is to create a place of belonging where people who don’t have anywhere to go or cannot afford a Christmas meal, can get together to enjoy a hot meal, dessert, music and most importantly a sense of community,’ mum Vanessa Curry said.
‘The lunch is about getting families together, encouraging a community spirit and reaching out to those who may be in need.’ Vanessa explained. The volunteers would like the lunch to be a free event and need help to make that happen. They welcome anyone who would like to be personally involved in making this a fantastic community event.
If you cannot help in person but would still like to contribute, you can make a financial donation to help sponsor meals or a table. Volunteersare required for: Hall Decorations, Food Preparation, Shuttle Bus, Car Park Attendants, Food Waiting Staff, Drinks Waiting Staff, Welcome Team, Kid’s Room, Wash up Crew.
Sponsorships and donations for meals are $15 per person or $150 per table.
To register your support or make a donation please email Vanessa
on or call St Joseph’s Parish Office on 9772 2211