Welcoming atmosphere for everyone at Warrnambool Christmas lunch

A TRADITIONAL Christmas lunch on a bigger scale sums up the annual Warrnambool Community Christmas Lunch,  co-organiser Lorrie Chandler says. 

Yesterday, more than 100 people filled the St Joseph’s parish hall in Warrnambool for the sixth annual lunch. 

On the menu was traditional festive fare — with juicy ham, tender roast meat with all the trimmings and decadent puddings. The food was donated by local businesses and individuals. 

Christmas carols, decorations, gifts and other delights like shortbread and fruitcakes added to the festive atmosphere. 

Ms Chandler said the aim of the lunch was to make sure people were not alone on Christmas Day. 

“We were completely booked up five days leading into the lunch this year,” she told The Standard. 

“It’s the first time in six years we have been full. 

“It’s fantastic so many people are coming along.

“We are obviously fulfilling a community need.

“The lunch has just continued to grow and grow over the years.

“It’s lovely to see so many people coming along.”

Ms Chandler, Cath Lourey and Mary Lancaster deciding they wanted to do something to make Christmas a joyful occasion for everyone. 

Ms Chandler said up to 40 volunteers worked shifts to ensure the lunch ran smoothly. 

“We have got it down to a fine art now,” she said. 

“The support from the community is always overwhelming.

“The local businesses don’t hesitate to help us out.

“And local people are always more than happy to donate something.

“It’s lovely to see community spirit is alive and well in the area.

“There is no way we would be able to do the lunch without the support of the community and the help of our wonderful volunteers.”

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