Spots remain for Christmas arena brunch
Glazed hams, pavlova and many kilograms of potatoes will go into the annual Christmas Day brunch at Te Rauparaha Arena - just make sure you register.
Into its fifth year now, organiser Helen Brookes said it was a wonderful community event for those who may be struggling financially or facing the prospect of Christmas Day alone.
‘‘This is open to everyone,’’ she said.
‘‘We don’t discriminate or ask questions - just come on down and enjoy some good food and entertainment, pick up a present and have fun.’’
The brunch runs from 11am till 1pm, giving the more than 60 volunteers plenty of time with family before and after, Brookes said.
Last year, more than 250 people attended the event, but registrations have been a bit slower this time around, Brookes said.
‘‘Ideally, we need to know numbers by the middle of next week. Hopefully people are not embarrassed to do it [register] because there’s no judgements made.
‘‘We just want everyone to relax and celebrate.’’
Kiwi Community Assistance have been generous with food donations, Brookes said, so the ham, chicken, vegetables, bread and desserts would be plentiful.
Other businesses were coming forward to help too, she said.
Members of the Porirua community will undoubtedly come out with food and gifts and take time out to decorate the stadium to give it that Christmas cheer.
Award-winning barbershop quartets from Porirua schools will be on hand to get the party going, and the man in the red suit is set to make a visit.
The first Christmas Day brunch was a quiet sit-down meal with 90 attendees, but has grown in size each year.
‘‘It’s become a real tradition in Porirua and the fact everything is donated means there no cost on anyone,’’ Brookes said.
At last year’s event, Tailoto Faauga said it was a nice occasion, particularly for the children.
‘‘Bringing the kids here to have fun, it’s just awesome. It’s good for people who can’t afford it - it takes a lot of pressure off parents.’’
To register, ring Te Rauparaha Arena on 237 1521 or Porirua City Council on 237 5089.