Christmas Success at Samaritans

Samaritans Christmas Day Lunches, hosted in Wyong and Newcastle were a great success!  It provided an opportunity for those in the community who may be alone on Christmas or have no means to celebrate, to enjoy a free lunch, entertainment and company.  Guests also enjoyed a visit from Santa and presents kindly donated by sponsors!

Over 1000 plates of food were served at the Newcastle Lunch held at the Foreshore Park.

Event Coordinator for Newcastle, Dana Pichaloff said, “The volunteers kicked into gear, tables were laid, and as our guests arrived our kitchen came to life. Food prep commenced and plates were filled; servers pushed through the crowd and delighted our many guests.  The highlight of the day was of course the arrival of Santa much to the delight of the children.  Full bellies and a gift to take home, it’s pleasing to see Samaritans continuing this tradition of sharing and giving to those less fortunate as this event is the only one of its kind still being held in the Newcastle/ Hunter community.  With sincere thanks to our dedicated and committed sponsors, Christmas Lunch in the Park 2017 was an outstanding success enjoyed by so many in our region.”

On the Central Coast over 400 people attended the event, which was hailed one of the best years yet!

Karen Patterson, Event Coordinator on the Central Coast, said, “What a fantastic day was had at the 8th annual Samaritans Christmas Day Lunch on the Coast, held once again at the Wyong Race Course, courtesy of the generous team at the Wyong Race Club. Christmas Lunch on the Coast 2017 was voted the best so far by long serving volunteers and regular guests alike. The music got many of the 400 plus guests up dancing, Santa brought a smile to faces, young and old, and the Central Coast can be proud of the 90 volunteers who worked tirelessly preparing and then delivering this community event – a day made FOR the Community, BY the Community.”