You Have a Friend creator John Lee will host a special barbecue on Easter Sunday.
You Have a Friend creator John Lee will host a special barbecue on Easter Sunday.

Easter barbecues helping families

HOMELESS and disadvantaged people in Murwillumbah can be confident they will “have a friend” this Easter.

A children’s Easter egg hunt will be held on Easter Sunday, as well as the free barbecue hosted every week in Budd Park by You Have A Friend.

Creator John Lee said he has noticed an increase in attendance in the past six month at the two free barbecues they host.

Mr Lee has been contributing food to the disadvantaged in Tweed and Chinderah four the past years, and started helping in Murwillumbah two years ago.

The Murwillumbah barbecues are held at Murwillumbah Community Centre on Thursdays at 11:30am and Budd Park on Sunday at 8am, attracting a crowd which can range between 30 and 50 people.

Mr Lee said a lot of people in Murwillumbah were struggling financially, most notably families.

“It is pretty bad and people just don’t realise; recently we had a woman come to a barbecue with a one-year-old.”

Mr Lee said the Murwillumbah community had been very supportive of his organisation and six butchers and two fruit stores supplied him with the necessary food.

He said it would be tough for people as the colder weather approached, as many people were sleeping rough under the bridge or in their cars.

“If people could donate blankets or sleeping bags to Murwillumbah Community Centre that would be wonderful,” he said.

Centre manager Wendy Constantine said last year they had a blanket drive with a positive response from the community.

“There are many people out there who are struggling at the moment and don’t have the resources to provide warm bedding for winter,” Ms Constantine said. “Donations can be left at the centre in Knox Park.



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