CHRIST­MAS FUN FOR EV­ERY­ONE

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Danielle Ford [email protected]­news.com.au

WHILE Christ­mas is a time of cel­e­brat­ing with our near­est and dear­est, there are some in our com­mu­nity who are un­able to have a fam­ily get to­gether.

So for the past 29 years, the Mooloolaba Ro­tary Club has been pro­vid­ing a fes­tive feast for se­niors who can’t be with fam­ily.

Next week the club will hold its 30th se­niors Christ­mas lun­cheon – a free event for those who, for what­ever rea­son, would oth­er­wise miss out on the Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties.

Or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Rick St­in­ton said it was a fantastic event that bought so much joy to so many.

“We’re at ca­pac­ity once again this year so we will have 300 peo­ple com­ing along to en­joy an af­ter­noon of food, fun and fes­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

Mr St­in­ton was in­volved in the lun­cheon in the early years and has seen them con­tinue to grow each year.

He said the club worked tire­lessly through­out the year, fundrais­ing so it could pro­vide this event free of charge to those who need it.

“It’s such an im­por­tant event be­cause we live in a so­ci­ety where things change, and fam­i­lies break up, so it’s nice to know we are giv­ing these peo­ple a joy they might oth­er­wise not have,” he said.

“I’ll die a happy per­son to know I’ve done some­thing to help the se­niors in our com­mu­nity.”

Mr St­in­ton said the af­ter­noon was a “full on Christ­mas fes­tiv­ity” with per­for­mances from sev­eral Coast groups and acts.

“We have BYTES youth theatre group putting on a show, as well as Ken O’Fla­herty and even MP Fiona Simpson will sing a few Christ­mas songs,” he said.

“And of course, there is a visit from Fa­ther Christ­mas.”

Af­ter 30 years of putting on the event, Mr St­in­ton said there was no plans to stop it any time soon, with plans al­ready un­der way for next year’s event.

“We’ve al­ready got our book­ing in at Venue 114 for next year, so even though we’re full this year, there’s al­ways next year,” he said.

PHOTO: DANIELLE FORD

FES­TIVE TIME: Ro­tary mem­bers Rick St­in­ton and An­drew But­ter­worth get ready for the se­niors lunch.

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