Christmas lunch this year was a bit different from previous years mainly due to the fact that we were in mourning of the loss of one of our residents since 2007, Robert Young, who tragically died on the 21st December following a fall on the street.
We had a total of 70 guests join us for Christmas lunch. Visitors come from eight group homes, a large Boarding House and people who lived alone but with support. We also had a number of very high needs guests who required constant monitoring by the staff who accompanied them, and additional care by our volunteers.
Our delicious Christmas lunch, served by our fantastic volunteers, consisting of turkey, ham, baked potatoes, a range of salads, bread rolls, soft drink and light beer followed by Christmas pudding, custard and cream. Finally, all of the presents were given out with each guest receiving a large gift bag full of useful items, a personalised gift and festive lollies.
Our wonderful group of volunteers comprised of retired friends, staff from Amcal Pharmacy at Marrickville Metro, a Josephite Sister, our regular volunteers from the Bourke Street program of Haymarket Foundation and other individuals.