In­digo spirit of Christ­mas

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

For the first time res­i­dents of the In­digo Shire will this year have the op­tion of at­tend­ing a Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Lunch in Ruther­glen, Beech­worth or Yackan­dan­dah.

Teams of vol­un­teers in each of these In­digo Shire towns are busy pre­par­ing for the lunches that are open to any­body who wants to share Christ­mas Day with others in their com­mu­nity.

Ruther­glen’s Fran­cis Walsh, who has co­or­di­nated the Ruther­glen lunch since 2012, said she was look­ing for­ward to the up­com­ing com­mu­nity lunch.

“Our first lunch was in the small Mon­signor Law­less Hall, as the lunch has grown in pop­u­lar­ity we have had to move the event to the Sol­dier’s Me­mo­rial Hall to ac­com­mo­date the 80 to 100 peo­ple who now at­tend each year,” Ms Walsh said.

“The Ruther­glen com­mu­nity has been ex­tremely gen­er­ous over the last four years, as it al­ways is. “Many lo­cal groups, busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als contribute and we have two chefs who volunteer to cook on the day.”

In Yackan­dan­dah, Carmel Kel­ley is lead­ing a group who are plan­ning a lunch at the Yackan­dan­dah But­son Park Foot­ball Ground for the first time.

Event or­gan­iser Carmel Kel­ley has been pleased with the re­sponse from the com­mu­nity.

“This has been a plan of mine for sev­eral years,” she said.

“I am happy that it is fi­nally hap­pen­ing and I’ve been over­whelmed by the sup­port from the com­mu­nity and of­fers of as­sis­tance.

“While there are some ar­eas that have pro­vided a learn­ing curve I’m pleased with the progress of the or­gan­is­ing and I’m look­ing for­ward to a great day.”

In Beech­worth an or­gan­is­ing group, with rep­re­sen­ta­tion from Beech­worth Health Ser­vice, the Sal­va­tion Army and com­mu­nity vol­un­teers, is look­ing for­ward to host­ing their sev­enth lunch.

Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Of­fi­cer at Beech­worth Health Ser­vice Anna Mackin­lay said she en­joyed be­ing part of the team.

“We have watched the event grow and gain more and more sup­port from a wide va­ri­ety of groups and in­di­vid­u­als in the com­mu­nity” Ms Mackin­lay said.

The Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Day Lunch is aimed at cre­at­ing com­mu­nity con­nec­tions on Christ­mas Day for peo­ple who want to take up the op­tion of shar­ing some time and Christ­mas lunch to­gether. • The Ruther­glen lunch will be held at Ru- ther­glen Sol­dier’s Me­mo­rial Hall Sup­per Rooms on Christ­mas Day at midday. It is a tra­di­tional sit down, hot lunch and free trans­port is avail­able for those who re­quire it. The cost is a do­na­tion. RSVP to Fran­cis Walsh on 0417 364 441. • The Beech­worth lunch will be held at Beech­worth Ser­vice­men’s Me­mo­rial Hall on Christ­mas Day at 11.30am. It is a tra­di­tional sit down, hot lunch with free trans­port avail­able for those who re­quire it. The event is al­co­hol free and the cost is a do­na­tion. RSVP to Beech­worth Health Ser­vice by De­cem­ber 2. A lim­ited num­ber of ca­sual places for walkins are made avail­able on the day. • The Yackan­dan­dah lunch will be held at But­son Park Foot­ball Clu­b­rooms on Christ­mas Day at 11.30am. It is a tra­di­tional sit down, hot lunch, the event is al­co­hol free and the cost is a do­na­tion.

Or­gan­is­ers of the Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Lunch to be held in Ruther­glen, Beech­worth and Yackan­dan­dah - Fran­cis Walsh , Carmel Kel­ley , Anne Bil­ston and Anna Mackin­lay.

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