Macarthur’s free Christmas Day lunch back to spread festive cheer

Ho ho ho: The Macarthur Combined Churches Christmas lunch is almost here, thanks to committee members including Yves le Pironnec and Jim Cook. Picture: Chris Lane
Ho ho ho: The Macarthur Combined Churches Christmas lunch is almost here, thanks to committee members including Yves le Pironnec and Jim Cook. Picture: Chris Lane

If you have no plans for Christmas Day, members of the Macarthur Combined Churches want to see you at their annual lunch.

The event is for people who don’t have anyone to spend Christmas with, people who are down on their luck or families who are looking to spread a bit of festive cheer.

Lunch committee member Yves le Pironnec said he was excited for this year’s event at the Campbelltown Civic Centre.

“We have been doing this for 31 years now,” he said.

“Christmas can be the loneliest time of the year so we invite people to come and enjoy a day out and share the meaning of Christmas.”

The event kicks off at 9.30am with morning tea, activities for adults and children, Christmas carols and more.

Lunch is served at 12pm by dedicated volunteers.

Santa Claus will even stop by to give out presents to children.

“Last year we had 75 volunteers and more than 300 guests,” Mr le Pironnec said.

“It was a lot of fun.

‘We encouraged the volunteers to go out and talk to some of the guests and that was really successful last year so we will be doing the same thing this year.”

Mr le Pironnec said they get people from all walks of life attending the free celebration.

“We often get older people who don’t get to see their families, people who are down on their luck, young families and more,” he said.

“This year I had an inquiry from a legally blind man who wanted to come to the lunch with his father and Sasha, his seeing-eye dog – I told him everyone was welcome, even Sasha.”

Mr le Pirronec said volunteering at the lunch was a great way to bring people some much-needed joy.

“We have a lot of great volunteers,” he said.

“You don’t even have to stay for the whole day, you can come down for an hour or so and just spend some time doing a good deed for the community.”

Mr le Pirronec encouraged people to come along and join the fun.

“Please come along, everyone is welcome,” he said.

“We do get a lot of people coming from across the region.

“We are thinking about starting a second event in the Camden area because the lunch continues to grow each year.”

For more information contact Macarthur Combined Churches on 0406 049 828.