COME and have lunch on us, is the message from Wanneroo Christmas Lunch committee member Louise Powell.
An initiative of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and local churches, the event provides a free three-course lunch on Christmas Day for people who are on their own or unable to afford a special meal.
“It’s for those people that find themselves at a loose end at Christmas,” Ms Powell said.
“We want people to have something special on the day no matter what circumstances they find themselves in.”
Last year’s inaugural lunch catered to nearly 200 people and this year is aiming for about 240 guests, made possible through donations and sponsorship from the City of Wanneroo and local businesses.
Held at Margaret Cockman Pavilion at Wanneroo Showground, Ms Powell said it was open to families and singles.
“A lot of people are bashful about this kind of thing but we don’t want them to be,” she said. “For me, it’s about preparing a place for people, letting people know that they’re special.”
Volunteers are still needed to assist with setting up in the mornings on December 23 and 24.
To register as a guest, volunteer or sponsor, call Narelle on 0481 563 882 or visit www.wanneroochristmaslunch.com.
People can also visit the Wanneroo Christmas Lunch stall at St Stephen’s Community Farmer’s Market this Saturday.