Xmas Lunch gets present-day tech
MISSION Australia’s annual Christmas Lunch in the Park is back for 2014; but the charity event will this year be riding the digital wave.
For the first time, prospective donors can log onto the event’s website and buy a virtual gift, which will translate into a real present for someone in need on the day.
Mission Australia State director Amanda Hunt said more than 2000 people who were doing it tough were expected to attend Wellington Square Park on Christmas Day for lunch and a gift from Santa.
“We’re asking people to visit the page, buy a virtual gift and make use of the new share function to spread the word on social media,” she said. “(Sharing on social media will) let their friends know how easy it is to make a difference in someone else’s life this Christmas.”
Anyone keen to get involved on the day can volunteer via the website and help out in a number of ways.
Ms Hunt said anyone who did not have family or friends to share the festive season with this year could attend the lunch on the day.
Mission Australia chaplain Scott Vawser, Christmas Lunch in the Park event co-ordinator Sarah Lanham and long-serving volunteer Pete Cook.