Australia’s biggest Christmas Day charity event is back for a 38th year with its own website where people can share the gift of giving with the click of a mouse.
Perth people are being urged to visit missionaustralia.com.au/christmaslunch to buy one of the 3,000-plus presents that will be handed out at Christmas Lunch in the Park (CLIP), held in Wellington Square Park in East Perth.
Mission Australia State Director Melissa Perry said all contributions will help cover the cost of making Christmas Day a very special one for up to 2,000 people who might be isolated, lonely or down on their luck.
“The online community has been wonderfully supportive of Mission Australia in recent times, so we created a website where people can find out more about CLIP and play a very real part in making it a success,” Melissa said.
“We would encourage everyone to visit the page, do what they can to help support this wonderful event and then share the link with their social networks.
“And for everyone who doesn’t have family and friends to share the festive season with this year, please come and join us for some great food, entertainment and companionship. A free shuttle bus will operate between the Perth Bus Station and Wellington Square Park from 9.30am.
“Our lunch is open to people from all walks of life – it’s about bringing the community together to celebrate the Christmas spirit.”
This year’s ‘face’ of Christmas Lunch in the Park, single mother Shannon Martin from High Wycombe has been bringing her three boys to the event for the past three years.
“Christmas Lunch in the Park is my gift to my boys to make sure they have a wonderful day and experience the joy of Christmas Day,” Shannon said.
“It’s great to be able to share the day with so many different people and see the smiles on all the kids’ faces when Santa arrives. It’s a very special day for everyone.”
“Christmas Lunch in the Park continues to be a key feature of Perth’s festive season, bringing the public, companies and hundreds of volunteers together to make sure Christmas is a special time for everyone,” Melissa said.
Along with your editorial help, @MissionAust welcomes the social media support of our media friends to share the CLIP website link and video – please be sure to use the hashtag #CLIP2013 so we can track the conversation!