Mis­sion ac­com­plished

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

ABOUT 2350 peo­ple gath­ered at Welling­ton Square Park for Mis­sion Aus­tralia’s 40th an­nual Christ­mas Lunch in the Park (CLIP) on De­cem­ber 25.

Mis­sion Aus­tralia state di­rec­tor Amanda Hunt said peo­ple from all walks of life, whether they were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fi­nan­cial dif­fi­culty or sim­ply look­ing for com­pan­ion­ship, joined to cel­e­brate the true mean­ing of Christ­mas.

“It was the most beau­ti­ful day,” Ms Hunt said. “Christ­mas is a dif­fi­cult time for some peo­ple, so it was won­der­ful to see such a calm, happy and har­mo­nious event.

“We could not have days like this with­out the sup­port of the very gen­er­ous Perth com­mu­nity who vol­un­teer time, do­nate gifts, food and dec­o­ra­tions.”

On De­cem­ber 24, Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Tony Simp­son pre­sented a $63,236 Lot­tery­west grant and a $20,000 State Gov­ern­ment do­na­tion to sup­port Mis­sion Aus­tralia’s CLIP.

Mr Simp­son helped serve lunch at the event with his wife and two daugh­ters.

“This event brings peo­ple to­gether to enjoy a meal, see some great en­ter­tain­ment and feel con­nected to their com­mu­nity,” he said.

“The ef­forts from across the com­mu­nity, lo­cal busi­nesses and the vol­un­teers are truly heart-warm­ing to see.”

Pic­tures: Do­minic Fouet

Mis­sion Aus­tralia’s Christ­mas Lunch in the Park was a big suc­cess.

There was en­ter­tain­ment on the day.

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