More than 120 volunteers will bring some Christmas cheer to those doing it tough as they host the 11th annual Gold Coast Community Christmas Lunch today.
More than 700 people are expected to turn out at Labrador State School Community Hall for a free Christmas feast, entertainment and presents.
The Community Lunch is the brainchild of local Susie Longman and her son Cam who wanted to make sure those less fortunate on the Gold Coast didn’t spend Christmas Day alone.
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But the lunch is not just for the homeless or for those who are struggling to put food on the table.
“Christmas can be a lonely time of year for widowers and those without family, so regardless of your situation, we welcome you with open arms,” Susie said.
“It’s a big celebration; we’ve got a kids corner, Christmas carols, and it’s all table service so our guests can sit back, relax and enjoy Christmas Day. There are so many faces that we see every single year. People line up until the doors open at 11.00am and each year they are full of hugs and gratitude.”
The lunch wouldn’t be possible without an army of volunteers and the generosity of local Gold Coast community who have donated gifts and food for the occasion.
Leanne Robertson is among those who will give up part of her Christmas Day to help out the lunch.
“For many, the most precious thing is having contact with people who care on Christmas Day; having someone to talk to. It’s like one big family – we are in this world together, we are all equals and that’s what this lunch is all about,” she said.
The lunch will be held between 11.00am and 2.00pm at the Labrador State School Community Hall, Imperial Parade, Labrador.