More the mer­rier at lunch

The Tatura Guardian - - News - Those wish­ing to at­tend must book by phon­ing Steve O’Toole on 0412 477 586 or John Lovel on 5824 1786, or con­tact Tatura Newsagency by De­cem­ber 20.

Tatura res­i­dents and friends only have 10 more days be­fore dead­line to sign up for the Tatura Foot­ball Net­ball Club Christ­mas Day lunch where all are wel­come to en­joy a tra­di­tional home-cooked roast din­ner.

Renowned roast chef Steve O’Toole and NewsX­press Tatura owner and lunch con­tact John Lovel will con­tinue to steer the an­nual event this year with the help of many tire­less vol­un­teers, along with gen­er­ous dona­tions from in­di­vid­u­als that en­able the club to pro­vide the meals at no cost to the com­mu­nity.

The lunch will be held at the home of the Bull­dogs, the Bal­lan­tyne Cen­tre, Hastie St, Tatura, where fam­ily groups are also wel­come to share in the Christ­mas ca­ma­raderie that pre­vails at these oc­ca­sions.

Kick­ing off from noon un­til 2.30 pm, meals will be pro­vided free of charge — al­co­hol is not per­mit­ted, but soft drinks are in­cluded.

Mr Lovel said this year the event would cel­e­brate its fourth year.

‘‘The lun­cheon was ini­ti­ated af­ter a con­ver­sa­tion re­gard­ing how Christ­mas Day can be a sad and lonely day for some if they do not have the­means or abil­ity to be with fam­ily,’’ Mr Lovel said.

‘‘This can be a re­al­ity for some— and quite con­trary to the im­age we all re­late to at Christ­mas.’’

Mr Lovel said the event con­tin­ued to grow in num­bers of at­ten­dees ev­ery year and iden­ti­fied a real need for the com­mu­nity.

‘‘All are wel­come, and the more the mer­rier. Hope to see you all there,’’ he said.

Lo­cal leg­ends: Steve O’Toole and John Lovell en­cour­age ev­ery­one to get be­hind their free Christ­mas Day com­mu­nity lunch.

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