Fundraising underway for Community Christmas Lunch

Feeding Friends and the Salvation Army are holding a sausage sizzle fundraiser at Globe Mitre 10 in Broken Hill today. The fundraiser, sponsored by Top End Meat, McLeod’s Traditional Bakery, and Globe Mitre 10, aims to raise much-needed funds for the 2023 Community Christmas Luncheon.

This marks the second year Feeding Friends has assisted in hosting the luncheon. They initially partnered with the Salvation Army in 2022 to hold a luncheon at both the Salvation Army Hall and Town Square.

Don Barron, the founder of Feeding Friends, told the Truth, “Our Community Christmas Luncheon is non-denominational. It doesn’t matter who you believe in or if you’re a non-believer; you are welcome at our table in unity to enjoy each other’s company and have a great meal.” Barron also noted, “a menu has not been set as yet; we are waiting to see what donations are raised, and then a menu will be set.”

Kevin and Sugu Meredith, representatives of the Salvation Army, have been in Broken Hill since January 2021. This year will mark their second collaboration with Feeding Friends for the Christmas Luncheon. “Last year was very successful; we held it at two different locations: the Salvation Army Hall and the Town Square,” Mr Meredith said.

This year, plans are to host the luncheon solely at the Hall, “so we can welcome the homeless in the same way we would welcome others. They can either sit and eat in or opt for takeaway,” Mr Meredith elaborated.

“The Luncheon is open to anyone who feels they can attend, whether they are homeless or facing challenges in their life,” he added.

The Salvation Army is currently accepting food donations from 10am to 2pm on Wednesdays and Fridays as part of their Second Bite program, located at the Salvation Army Hall. Additionally, donations can be made at the Salvation Army’s Family Store at 345 Argent Street, open from 10am to 3:45pm., Monday to Friday.

Similarly, Feeding Friends is accepting donations, which can be made by contacting Mr Barron or Kellie Novello through the Feeding Friends Facebook Page.

Nonetheless, Mr Barron hopes today’s fundraiser will demonstrate that, as a community, “together we stand, and together we fight against poverty and hardship in our community.”

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