Helpers needed for Xmas lunch

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

THE Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and Angli­can Church are again join­ing forces to host a Christ­mas Day lunch for peo­ple who would other­wise go with­out or have no one to cel­e­brate with.

Fa­ther Paul Beasley is busy co­or­di­nat­ing the lunch with com­mu­nity coun­sel­lor Michelle Philp and wants to see the lunch turn into a large com­mu­nity event.

But they are in need of vol­un­teers for the fes­tive feast.

“It started about four years ago and was Chris­tine Price’s baby, she set it up for peo­ple who don’t have any­one to share Christ­mas with or those who don’t have any­thing to eat,” Ms Philp said.

“I would like ev­ery­one from the com­mu­nity to show, that’s the main mes­sage - it is a com­mu­nity Christ­mas so why not share it with some­one.

“We had around 150 peo­ple last year and it’s a re­ally pleas­ant af­ter­noon just shar­ing as part of a com­mu­nity fam­ily.”

The Christ­mas feast will in­clude ham, chicken, fresh fish and prawns, salads, Christ­mas cake and ice-cream.

Prior to Christ­mas, or­gan­is­ers would ap­pre­ci­ate do­na­tions of gifts Santa would be proud of, vol­un­teers, a live band or mu­si­cian for the lunch, some­one to cook a bar­be­cue and dec­o­ra­tions to make the hall fes­tive.

“We need vol­un­teers at the hall at 11am on De­cem­ber 24 to help dec­o­rate the hall,” Fr Paul said.

“We have plenty of food but we need peo­ple to cook all the goods, peo­ple with an oven and time the day be­fore.

“And if any­one can help and has a bright idea let us know, an en­ter­tain­ment co­or­di­na­tor is re­quired and if any­one can share their live mu­sic with us, that’d be first class.”

If you have any­thing to do­nate, pop in to the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and see Michelle.

“It would be re­ally nice if it was a whole com­mu­nity thing, some­thing the com­mu­nity could be proud of car­ing for each other.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on how you can do­nate your time, band or gifts and to RSVP to the com­mu­nity lunch (for cater­ing pur­poses), give Michelle a call on 4098 2005 or visit the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at 20 Mill St.


Happy to help: Bon­nie Fran­cis and Poppi Dwyer

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