Spots re­main for Christ­mas arena brunch

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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.

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