MISSION TO CARE NEVER ENDS
THE Big Issue vendors arrived at Mission Australia’s annual gift-wrapping morning early. Wearing their hi-vis shirts, they set up tables and offered help to the VIP wrappers. Mission Australia this year has teamed up with other organisations such as The Big Issue to help boost their profiles. At Christmas, every charity struggles to meet demand so collaboration is even more important. Volunteers for Mission Australia’s Christmas Lunch in the Park come from all walks of life and various organisations. The story behind every lunch guest is also different. Mission Australia state director Amanda Hunt spoke to a woman last year who arrived with her young son. Her older son had died that year and she had been dreading Christmas Day... until she stumbled across Mission Australia’s tent. Another woman was escaping an abusive partner. She was unaware of the services available in the city. Her decision to enter the CLIP marquee gave her a Christmas meal and advice on where she could stay for the night. The Christmas spirit is endless at Mission Australia.