Christ­mas lunch to be an an­nual event

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

HOLD­ING a free Christ­mas lunch is set to be­come a new Mun­dub­bera tra­di­tion af­ter an­other suc­cess­ful meal was en­joyed by 110 peo­ple.

The fes­tive lunch, open to all who were away from fam­ily on this spe­cial day, was made pos­si­ble by Mun­dub­bera Bendigo Com­mu­nity Bank, the peo­ple of the lo­cal Bap­tist church and the coun­cil, which do­nated the use of the town hall sup­per rooms.

Pas­tor Paul Dare said this time of year was “ex­tremely dif­fi­cult” for those with­out fam­ily or friends around.

“This is our way of say­ing to­day you have friends in Mun­dub­bera who care for you and want you to have a great Christ­mas as well,” he said.

About 70 back­pack­ers at­tended the event.

“It was a great way to thank them for their ef­forts dur­ing the grape har­vest, and it also ex­posed them to the Aussie cul­ture that is Christ­mas,” Pas­tor Dare said.

Also at­tend­ing were lo­cals who would have oth­er­wise been alone and tourists pass­ing through.

“The tourists said the town should be proud of this event be­cause in all their trav­els they had not seen an event such as this,” Pas­tor Dare said.

Photo: Sue Har­ris

CHRIST­MAS LUNCH: 110 peo­ple en­joyed Christ­mas lunch at the Mun­dub­bera Com­mu­nity Hall sup­per room.

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