Bowl in for needy at Mandurah Uniting Church’s Christmas Bowl

The Rev John Marshall.  Call into the church during business hours Tuesday to Thursday.
The Rev John Marshall. Call into the church during business hours Tuesday to Thursday.

DONATE the cost of one bowl of food in Mandurah Uniting Church’s Christmas Bowl.

The idea was the brainchild of the Reverend Frank Byatt after World War II who, in Victoria, on Christmas Day 1949, placed an empty bowl on the dinner table and asked everyone present to donate what they considered to be the cost of the meal.

Mr Byatt urged his guests to reflect on their fortunes and encouraged them to do something selfless for those around the world who were victims of disease, poverty and violence.

The small but significant gesture of charity has resonated deeply with many thousands of Australians since and shown that everyone has the ability to make a difference, no matter how small the gift.

The first Christmas Bowl appeal raised just 1808 pounds but has now reached more than $2 million each year.

Recently, Christmas Bowl became known as Act for Peace and is a member of the global ACT (Action by Churches Together) alliance, which helps communities in more than 150 countries.