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DON’T BE ALONE, JOIN THOSE AT COM­MU­NITY LUNCH

Shepparton News - - SNNEWS - By Laura Briggs

Noth­ing says com­mu­nity like a big Christ­mas lunch open to all.

Christ­mas For Those Alone is hold­ing its 18th con­sec­u­tive free lunch this year.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Deb My­ers will at­tend the lunch for the first time this year as a way of help­ing to cre­ate a place for those who do not have com­pany to gather to­gether.

‘‘Christ­mas For Those Alone pro­vides Christ­mas lunch for any­one out there in our com­mu­nity that might be alone or might not have some­one to spend christ­mas with,’’ Ms My­ers said.

‘‘It’s not open to just a spe­cific group of peo­ple — It’s open to any­one and every­one.’’

Ms My­ers said the event, which had grown big­ger each year, had been made pos­si­ble by the gen­eros­ity of many Shep­par­ton busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als.

‘‘We’ve got some ma­jor spon­sors and a lot of amaz­ing peo­ple out in our com­mu­nity that do­nate goods and money — it is great to have that sup­port.’’

She said the vol­un­teers played an equally ma­jor role in keep­ing the event run­ning.

‘‘Our lovely vol­un­teers that come and help us year in year out are just amaz­ing,’’ she said.

Ms My­ers said with more than 350 peo­ple ex­pected to at­tend this year’s lunch, more vol­un­teers were en­cour­aged to get in­volved.

She said as a way of mak­ing sure com­mu­nity mem­bers who wished to at­tend could do so, trans­porta­tion would also be avail­able.

● The Christ­mas For Those Alone Lunch will be held from 11 am to 2 pm at the McIn­tosh Cen­tre, Shep­par­ton Show­grounds.

● To in­quire about trans­porta­tion, phone 0408 970 873.

● To be­come a vol­un­teer or for more de­tails, phone 0417 349 449. Book­ings for the lunch are not re­quired.

Shar­ing and car­ing: The McIn­tosh Cen­tre is set to be flooded with com­mu­nity mem­bers who will share Christ­mas lunch to­gether.

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