Christ­mas cheer for church char­ity lunch

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS -

AT­TEN­DEES at Gee­long Christ Church’s Christ­mas Day lunch will so­cialise in a more com­fort­able space and re­ceive food vouch­ers thanks to new spon­sors of the an­nual tra­di­tion.

The much-loved char­ity event was on its knees just three years ago, but was res­cued by new lead­ers and con­tin­ues to grow in its of­fer­ing.

While or­gan­is­ers had been look­ing at shift­ing to an­other venue due to on­go­ing heat is­sues with Christ Church’s McKil­lop St hall, a gen­er­ous donor has promised to re­solve the prob­lem.

A high-pro­file Gee­long res­i­dent, who wishes to re­main anony­mous, has made a $25,000 do­na­tion that will pay for an air con­di­tioner to be in­stalled in the hall. Event or­gan­iser Dr Bernard Shiu was thrilled with the ges­ture.

“The tem­per­a­ture has been as high as 42 de­grees in the hall. It can get suf­fo­cat­ing,” Dr Shiu said.

The ad­di­tion of an­other spon­sor, lo­cal KFC owner Scott Hosk­ing, will also en­able the church to send its guests home with meal and drink vouch­ers.

Or­gan­is­ers are search­ing for 30 vol­un­teers to help run the lunch. Dr Shiu called for in­ter­ested peo­ple to email gee­longx­maslunch@ gmail.com

Pic­ture: GLENN FER­GU­SON

CAN YOU HELP: Dr Bernard Shiu, Vivien Allen and David Pot­ter are ready to help with the Christ Church Christ­mas Day lunch.

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