Fes­tiv­i­ties for all

Mata­mata’s Com­mu­nity Christ­mas or­gan­is­ers say you needn’t be alone.

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A raft of gen­er­ous com­mu­nity peo­ple are com­ing to­gether to put on a fan­tas­tic Christ­mas day event.

The Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Din­ner, a free lunch on Christ­mas day for lonely and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who would like to share Christ­mas day with oth­ers, is back again for 2015.

The lunch will be held at the St John Am­bu­lance Hall on Rawhiti Ave from 11.45am on­wards.

The lunch is a sit down meal, at around 12.30pm, and is as close to a tra­di­tional Christ­mas meal as pos­si­ble. There will also be en­ter­tain­ment.

A free pickup and drop-off van is avail­able, which caters for all mo­bil­ity lev­els.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Sally Jenk­ins urges peo­ple not to be alone this Christ­mas. ‘‘Spend time with other peo­ple,’’ she said.

Some of the food is do­nated thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the com­mu­nity. Ser­vice groups like the Ki­wa­nis are also a great help. This year Ki­wa­nis has do­nated juice and Sally said an­other group might pay for the Christ­mas pud­dings etc.

‘‘We do get great sup­port from the com­mu­nity.’’

Or­gan­is­ers are look­ing for vol­un­teers to help on the day, even if you just have an hour or two to spare.

The com­mit­tee al­ways have great peo­ple will­ing to give up a por­tion of their own Christ­mas day to help oth­ers, Sally said.

If you can vol­un­teer to help on the day, or to book for the meal (which is re­quested for num­bers) and/or for the free shut­tle, phone Mary Lasenby on 888 5100. Al­though the meal is free, do­na­tions will be grate­fully re­ceived but are cer­tainly not es­sen­tial.

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