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