DENIS? Pommer, pictured with Ronnie Seager, has helped feeds of hundreds of local homeless people through his Lunch with Frien
DENIS? Pommer, pictured with Ronnie Seager, has helped feeds of hundreds of local homeless people through his Lunch with Frien

Making tough life a bit easier

A SIMPLE lunch in the park helps ease the discomfort that is constant in Ronnie Seager's daily life. Mr Seager is among more than 30 homeless people who enjoy a home-cooked three-course lunch twice a week in Coolangatta's Queen Elizabeth Park. "Lunch with Friends" - the brainchild of retired Tweed finance manager Denis Pommer and friend Bill Lovering, has helped provide food and support to hundreds of homeless people on the Tweed and southern Gold Coast since it was established last July. "It's so sad out here, people don't realise," said Mr Seager, who has been sleeping rough on Coolangatta streets for 15 years. Private donations and volunteers from St Joseph's Catholic Church help keep the organisation running each week. This year for the first time the Lunch with Friends team will link with representatives from various other faiths to host lunch in the park on Christmas Day for local homeless people. Donated toys and gifts will be distributed to children and families on the day. Mr Pommer said services for the homeless across the%region remained woefully inadequate and underfunded. He said the weekly lunches, although a simple gesture, helped provide a measure of comfort to those living rough. "We try to give people hope that someone does care; that one day they will have access to accommodation," he said. - KATE McINTOSH



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