Volunteers prepare the food at last year’s Lunch with Friends.
Volunteers prepare the food at last year’s Lunch with Friends.

Free Christmas lunches

CHRISTMAS holds special meaning to most people, but many in our community are unable to truly enjoy it.

Fortunately, free Christmas lunches are being held throughout the Tweed Shire on Friday for those who are lonely or doing it tough.

Lunches in Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah and Coolangatta aim to spread merry cheer to people who would otherwise have nothing or no-one to celebrate with.

The Tweed Combined Christian Churches invites the community to their Christmas Day Lunch at the Tweed Civic Centre from 11.30am.

Now in its 12th year, the lunch continues to grow in strength and popularity.

Organiser and coordinator Corrine Pennay said she is looking forward to sharing turkey and pudding with the biggest crowd yet.

“Our vision is to have a family atmosphere lunch with those who would otherwise be on their own,” she said.

“It’s not just about the elderly, or the homeless, or the underprivileged, it’s about people being together to celebrate Christ’s Birth.”

The day will include a visit from Santa, entertainment, a hot lunch, gifts and carols. If you require transport call 0434 671 101 or (07) 5599 2615.

Ms Pennay said there is a great need for this in the community on other holidays too, such as Easter and Mothers’ Day.

People are also invited to free Christmas lunch at the Autumn Club in Murwillumbah, next to the library on Tumbulgum Road, from noon. And Lunch with Friends is holding a Christmas Day lunch at Coolangatta Park tomorrow.

One of the organisers John Lee said giving marginalised and homeless people a Christmas celebration of their own was essential.

“Many homeless and marginalised people are incredibly spiritual, and something like this gives them a reason to believe and to keep their faith,” Mr Lee said.



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