Lending a hand at lunch with all the trimmings
FOR Libby Neuman, 9, Christmas is all about the joy of giving.
The Tweed Heads resident was one of the 130 volunteers helping the homeless and the lonely celebrate the festival %yesterday at the annual Christmas Celebration Lunch. Libby, who was working alongside her family, said she enjoyed lending a hand.
"I really like to help the needy," Libby said yesterday.
In its tenth year, the lunch at the Tweed Civic Centre attracted nearly 400 people and had a budget of $8000.
Richmond MP Justine Elliot, who was one of the volunteers, said she was honoured to be part of the event.
"It is a wonderful community event," Ms Elliot said.
Christmas Celebration Lunch co-ordinator Priscilla Abrahams said the preparation for the event began in June this year.
"It took us six months to organise everything," Ms Abrahams said.
"It was my first year as a co-ordinator and I am so happy everything went well."
The sit-down lunch included the traditional fare of turkey, ham, Christmas pudding and custard. Also on the menu were chicken, roast vegetables, green salads and fruit salads.
"Each guest received a calendar and a poem," Ms Abrahams said. "There were also spot prizes."
For Lex and Doreen Latham it was the eighth year they had spent Christmas Day as volunteers for the lunch.
The Tweed Heads couple run a bus service ferrying guests to and from the event.
"This is the true spirit of Christmas," Mr Latham said.
"All the spending and the consumerism is just make-believe." NEELIMA CHOAHAN