Perth: Mission Australia looking for volunteers for country’s biggest Christmas lunch

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AUSTRALIA’S biggest Christmas Day community event is looking for a helping hand.

Mission Australia is holding its annual Christmas Lunch in the Park for the 43rd year and needs 250 volunteers to help set up, host tables, serve food, decorate and clean up.

The event relies on the Perth community’s generosity to ensure our city’s most vulnerable have somewhere to go, something to eat and someone to share it with on Christmas Day.

More than 1200 people attended last year, with similar numbers expected this year.

Long term volunteer and Beechboro resident John Lovell has been volunteering at the event for 14 years, and said he had been looking forward to the event even more since his wife passed away two years ago.

“There really are a lot of people who are lonely at Christmas and it’s such a great opportunity to see so many people enjoying the day who might otherwise have had nowhere to go,” he said.

“I found out two years ago that life is short and that it’s precious, and I really think giving back is incredibly important.”

Mr Lovell said he gets as much out of the Christmas Lunch in the Park as those attending.

Registrations to volunteer are open now at christmaslunchinthepark.com.au and close on October 28.

If you are not selected to help out on the day, you can still support the event by donating a plate.