Wednesday, December 03, 2008
What are you doing Christmas Day
Mission Australia's Christmas Lunch in the Park provides a special day out for Perth's homeless and disadvantaged communities.
And this year we need your help to stump up the dollars to make it all happen and to lend us some of your time to come into the East Perth offices and help wrap presents - details below.
Now in its 33rd year, the annual lunch held at Wellington Square Park in East Perth looks set to attract a record attendance in 2008. Indeed, increasing financial pressures will see attendee numbers rise considerably at this year’s event, which plays host to between 1,500 and 1,800 people.
Those numbers to rise even more sharply in 2009 and beyond as the economic crisis bites deeper into the WA economy.
The good news for Mission Australia and the people who join us on Christmas Day is that the overwhelming generosity of the WA public during the 2007 appeal meant that we had almost enough gifts left over to cover this year’s event.
What that means is we can focus on raising the funds required to pay for the cost of hosting the lunch and start preparing for 2009. It might seem premature to be looking ahead to next Christmas, but we’re expecting there will be a lot more people needing our help in the year ahead.
We’re asking the WA public to help us today, to make sure that those in our community who are most in need don’t suffer even more tomorrow.
It’s really a matter of putting things into perspective – we all talk about the impact of a global financial crisis, but it’s worth remembering that for those that are homeless or disadvantaged, ‘doing it tough’ is a way of life every day of the year.
Many families are already in a position where they can’t provide a Christmas meal and presents for their children and for them it’s going to get even harder.
Christmas Lunch in the Park continues to be a key feature of Perth’s festive season, bringing companies and hundreds of volunteers and donors together to make sure Christmas is a special time for everyone.
It's both an important service and a social event for families and individuals whose lives have been affected by poverty, sudden illness, marriage breakdown, unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse or homelessness.
Perth’s biggest Christmas Day charity event provides a meal, presents, entertainment and companionship for Perth people and struggling families.
Financial donations are particularly important to help us run this event and the people of WA can get involved through donations or table sponsorships.
We’re also looking for individuals and corporate groups to spare some time to come into our offices to wrap gifts, from Monday December 1 until Friday December 19.
For enquiries regarding donations of money or gifts, please contact Mission Australia on 9225 0416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also make online donations quickly and easily by clicking HERE.
To volunteer to help wrap gifts, please call Jan Gilbert on 9225 0413 or email email@example.com or me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll be there on the day, along with our very special MC Nathan from NOVA and his Mum and Dad - watch this space for the post-event piccies and PLEASE, do what you can to help.