Community gatherings to bring Christmas cheer to less fortunate locals

No one should have to spend Christmas alone or go without a visit from Santa.

Thankfully a number of incredible Gold Coast volunteers have rallied together to bring some Christmas cheer to those doing it tough by throwing free festive events across the city.

One of the largest gatherings will be the Gold Coast Community Christmas Lunch at Labrador State School on Christmas Day.


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Organiser Susie Longman told myGC they are expecting more than 700 people to attend the event, which is now in its 12th year.

“The day is not reserved for the homeless, or those who can’t afford to put food on the table,” she said.

“Our guests cover the entire community; people in hardship, the lonely, families, and the homeless, both young and old.

“Christmas can be a lonely time of year for widowers and those without family, and we have more and more people approaching us every year to assist them. Regardless of your situation, we welcome you with open arms.”

Ms Longman said they are still calling for donations of soft drinks and gifts for teenagers (unwrapped). They are also on the hunt for a refrigerated van to transport food on Christmas Eve – if you can help please contact 0416 313 482 or visit facebook.com/GoldCoastCommunityChristmasLunch/.

Here are the details of some of the free Christmas lunches taking place on the Gold Coast next week:

Walk With Us Christmas Lunch
When: Christmas Eve – Tuesday, December 24
Time: 11am – 2pm
Where: Albert Waterways Community Centre, Broadbeach Waters
Details: Free of charge, but guests must register by calling 0413 086 646 or via walkwithusgc.org.au. No on the day volunteers required.

James Jacobs Fellowship Christmas Lunch
When: Christmas Day – Wednesday, December 25
Time: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Where: St Peter’s Anglican Church Hall, Southport
Details: Free of charge, but bookings are required. Call 0477 884 277 to book. No on the day volunteers required.

Gold Coast Community Christmas Lunch
When: Christmas Day – Wednesday, December 25
Time: 11am – 2pm
Where: Labrador State School, Labrador
Details: Free of charge, and no bookings are required. Transport is available by calling 0402 252 974. No on the day volunteers required.

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