Gethsemane works with appropriate State and Community agencies, in a form of practical partnership, when issues arise in regard to mental wellbeing.
Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Lunch 2014 was a bit different. For one thing, Gethsemane was mourning the loss of Robert Young, resident since 2007, who died December 21 following a fall on the street.

Also, we had a number of very high needs guests who required constant monitoring by the staff who accompanied them, and additional care by our volunteers. Guests came from about eight group homes, a large boarding house and people who live alone with support.

We had 70 guests for Christmas lunch. Some arrived by 10.30am, others drifted in later. All enjoyed drinks and nibbles, followed by lunch served to them by volunteers. Lunch consisted of turkey, ham, baked potato, a range of salads and bread rolls, with soft drink and light beer. Then they had Christmas pudding, custard and cream. Finally, presents were given out. Each guest received a large gift bag full of useful and beautiful items and festive lollies.

Our wonderful group of volunteers comprised retired friends, staff from Amcal Pharmacy at Marrickville Metro, a Josephite Sister, our regular volunteers from the Bourke Street program of Haymarket Foundation and others who have come to know of our work.


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