Church of Christ Bundaberg will be hosting a free community Christmas lunch for those who will be alone this festive season.
Organiser Peter MacSween said the event, held on Christmas Day, was now in its fifth year and stemmed from his own feelings of isolation during a difficult time.
“Back in 1983 I spent Christmas by myself and it was the loneliest day of my life,” he said.
“It really hit me and I felt for those people who had to go through that feeling all of the time – I still do.
“Until you go through the pangs of loneliness you can never truly understand how heartbreaking it is.”
Hundreds of people turn out for lunch event
Peter said each year more than 200 people had participated in the Christmas feast, which featured a three-course meal and lots of fun.
“We organise our church bus for transport for those who can't get to us,” he said.
“Then, we have a delicious three-course-meal for lunch and drinks on arrival.”
Peter said although the event was a lot of work to organise, it was a job he and the committee kept coming back for more of every year.
“We don't like the thought of people being alone on Christmas,” he said.
If you would like to find out more about the free Community Christmas Lunch or book your place, contact Pam before Wednesday, 18 December on 4152 3326.
The event will be held at 12 pm on Christmas Day at the Youth Hall, Bundaberg Church of Christ on the corner of Twyford Street and Dittmann Road, Avoca.
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