Community / Social / 12th October 2023
Christmas lunch returns
After a four-year hiatus, local volunteers are embracing the Christmas spirit as they prepare for the Coonabarabran Community Christmas Lunch once more.
Christmas is around the corner and the Coonabarabran community is preparing for the Community Christmas Lunch.
For some, Christmas Day is a day of giving and celebration, but for others, the day can be lonely and leaves many feeling isolated.
This is apparent in rural communities, with many who may not have access to family members or support networks.
Individuals within Coonabarabran have recognised the common struggles and are dedicating their time to provide an all-inclusive Christmas lunch.
A popular past event, the luncheon has had previous set backs over the past three years due to COVID and a lack of volunteers.
This year, however, 30 volunteers have come on board, offering to bring the community together to celebrate the festive season.
This year’s lunch has been spearheaded by Sally Taylor, who has previoulsy helped to organise the event.
While pleased with the response, Ms Taylor notes more volunteers are needed, as more roles could be filled.
Initially, the lunch was instigated to provide disadvantaged people with a place to be on Christmas Day.
The lunch is now inclusive for all community members.
“No one has the right to determine what people’s disadvantages are,” Ms Taylor said.
“It is about respecting each other in the community.”
Catered through donations from community members and businesses, a brightly decorated hall and tables will feature all the Christmas trimmings, with attendees welcome to join in a sing-along.
The Community Lunch highlights the spirit of Christmas – celebrating community and giving without the need to receive.
While the aim of the day was to bring the community together, Ms Taylor said the venture was not possible without the effort of volunteers.
“We do not want people to sit alone at Christmas,” she said.
“Everyone is welcome!”
Transport will also be offered to those who require collection and drop off.
For those who wish to volunteer with the organisation on the day, or in the lead up to the event, the next meeting will be held on Monday, 16 October at the Coonabarabran Golf Club commencing at 6pm
For those who wish to donate – or volunteer at the Coonabarabran their time – please contact Sally Taylor on 0417 415 714.