Teen helps those in need this Christmas
WHILE most 16-year-olds are planning their weekend or hanging out at the beach, Nathanial Leigh organised a huge free Christmas lunch for the homeless, lonely and less fortunate.
The feast took place at Kirra Sports Club on Christmas Eve with all 95 seats booked.
Going into year 12 in 2014 at Elanora High, Nathanial has bigger plans for next year.
"My mission is to run a proper charity and help the less fortunate on a daily basis," Nathanial said.
"I am hoping next year for more support from the council to make the lunch even bigger, we might need a bigger venue."
Rural firefighters and Santa made an appearance on the day along with performances from the likes of The Voice Contestant Viva Lale.
Diners enjoyed ham, turkey, roast vegetables and plum pudding all made possible by donations from local businesses like Tweed Growers, The Butcher's Shop and not-for-profits such as Rotary Club.
Nathanial was inspired by similar lunches held in Labrador he attended last year but said getting hold of a venue was harder than he expected.
"I rang lots of other organisations and got knocked back before I contacted Kirra Sports Club who said yes straight away."
To sponsor next year's event you can visit palmbeachchristmaslunch.com or phone Nathanial on 07 5518 3094.