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A break­fast held at the Tim­ber Park on Christ­mas morn­ing has con­tin­ued a three-year tra­di­tion which helps spread fes­tive spirit in town.

It was first or­gan­ised by Rochelle Price and her fam­ily and has now be­come an an­nual event.

A small team from Man­jimup Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist Church, which Mrs Price is a part of, also joins the fam­ily each year to help out.

“This whole con­cept started as a com­mu­nity outreach, be­cause mem­bers of our church are re­ally con­scious about get­ting to know our com­mu­nity and con­nect­ing peo­ple,” she said.

“We started off by hav­ing some din­ners in the park and then de­cided break­fast on Christ­mas day would be great for any­one whose plans fall through or who did not know many oth­ers in the com­mu­nity.”

She said about 30 to 40 peo­ple came last year, which in­cluded many fam­i­lies and in­ter­na­tional work­ers.

“My hus­band Jeremy was in­stru- men­tal in get­ting this idea off the ground be­cause he was work­ing in the fruit grow­ing in­dus­try so a lot of his outreach was to in­ter­na­tional work­ers who are away from their fam­i­lies,” she said.

They served the com­mu­nity with pan­cakes, fresh fruit and hot and cold drinks, with some peo­ple bring­ing down their own plate to share around.

“Un­for­tu­nately, our fam­ily is mov­ing out of town so this will be the last Christ­mas in the Park we host,” Mrs Price said.

Pic­ture: Holly Thomp­son

Rochelle Price with daugh­ters Char­lotte, 8, Jes­sica, 12, and Emma, 10, at the Tim­ber Park.

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