Topping off the year
WHILE his peers are making plans for Schoolies, 17-year-old Nathanial Leigh is busily preparing for his third annual Christmas lunch for the homeless and lonely.
The lunch began in Palm Beach in 2012 and relocated to Kirra last year.
Nathanial, the key organiser, said while he probably wasn't going to go to Schoolies anyway, he'd rather be part of something greater.
"There's a lot of homeless people on the Gold Coast," he said.
"I'd rather help someone in need than go to Schoolies."
Nathanial said it was estimated about 3000 people were sleeping rough on the Gold Coast.
He said last year's Christmas lunch catered to 100; this year, they expect to double that.
"It's sad to know that 200 people are homeless and lonely on Christmas," he said.
"But I'm determined to make a difference."
Nathanial said feedback from previous lunches had been nothing but positive.
Nathanial said he was determined to see the event continue for five years at least.
He said organisers were currently asking for donations of practical gifts, including toiletries and children's' toys.
Visit palmbeachchristmaslunch.com or phone 07 5518 3094.
What: A Christmas celebration with food, entertainment and gifts for those less fortunate
Where: Kirra Sports Club, 22 Appel St, Coolangatta
When: 11am-2pm Christmas Eve, December 24
Bookings: Essential: Phone 07 5536 7422.