Angie Goldsmith and Colin Moyle have spent the past seven years supporting the Grenville Hub Christmas lunch for socially isolated and vulnerable people, and 2020 will be no different.
According to Angie it was Colin's idea to initially volunteer, after learning about the lunch while volunteering with northern adult mental health service, Club 84. "He thought it would be a great way to give back, making Christmas day special for others, while spending time together," said Angie. "Now I can't imagine Christmas without it.
Colin and I look forward to the lunch each year, it’s our absolute highlight of the year.
“We receive so much more from the lunch then the people attending," continued Angie.
For Angie and Colin, it's seeing young children's faces light-up, hearing them laugh and be greeted by Santa that makes it so rewarding. It's also watching everyone enjoy the two-course lunch, receive their raffle prizes and be one as a community.
"We think it's amazing that this lunch is available for isolated or vulnerable people on Christmas Day," Angie said. "They can forget whatever else is happening in the world, come together and enjoy the day as one community."
Angie and Colin are passionate advocates for volunteering as a way to give back, develop new skills and meet new people. "As Ngarrindjeri/Narungga people we are proud to give back and positively represent our mob, and we actively encourage others in our community to do the same."
The Grenville Hub Christmas lunch relies heavily on community contributions. From volunteers donating their time to deliver the event to donations of small gifts for attendees. If you are interested in donating a gift please contact the Grenville Hub on 8256 0377 for further information.
Please note attendance at the Grenville Hub Christmas Lunch is subject to strict eligibility criteria and is by invitation only.
- The lunch has been held each Christmas since 2011
- 950 socially isolated and vulnerable community members have attended the lunch since 2011
- 20 volunteers support the lunch each year
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