Xmas Lunch gets present-day tech

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Perth -

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.

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson

Mis­sion Aus­tralia chap­lain Scott Vawser, Christ­mas Lunch in the Park event co-or­di­na­tor Sarah Lan­ham and long-serv­ing vol­un­teer Pete Cook.

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