With six weeks to go, preparations for the popular community event are in full swing.
Organiser Sharon Mackay said last year’s dinner was a “huge success”, with about 250 people coming together to celebrate the holiday.
That success came off the back of an uncertain few years for the event, which was at risk of not going ahead last year until Mackay stepped in to organise it.
With much of the same organising committee staying on to help this year, the event had regained some stability. The committee is now calling for bookings for the dinner to avoid a last minute rush. “We’ve already got some bookings, which is wonderful,” Mackay said. “We’re hoping to get a lot of return diners this year.” She hoped the event would attract about the same number of people as last year.
Being able to hold the “high class” dinner was important for the community, she said.
“There are people in our community without family, or they’re not able to be with their families at Christmas. Or maybe they just want to share Christmas Day with others.” Mackay urged those who may otherwise be alone on the day to embrace the Christmas spirit and attend. “It’s just a really lovely event.”
All food served as part of the two-course buffet meal came from donations, which were still being gratefully accepted, she said.
“Not everyone can afford to donate a ham. We’re just as grateful for lemonade for the punch.”
However, so many people were keen to help out that no more volunteers were required.
“The only position we’re looking to fill is a chef or capable person to cook the meat.”
The Community Christmas Dinner will take place on December 25 at 12pm at the Caroline Bay Hall.
Bookings can be made by calling 03 6844410 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find it on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Timaru.Community.Christmas.Dinner.2015/?fref=ts
Download the Invitation here: 2015 ccd leaflet