Why do we have hundreds of Tasmanians clambering for the 120 volunteer positions that require them to wake up with their families Christmas morning and go to work at the Colony 47 Community Christmas Lunch?
It isn’t an easy job; they have to set up the hall, wrap the gifts, transport guests on the day, cook and serve the delicious lunch and meet and greet the 350 people who look to the Colony 47 Christmas Lunch for companionship and belonging.
Our volunteers believe it is not only the best job, but the most meaningful way to share the Christmas spirit.
Listen here… to Radio National’s interview with a mother and her twelve-year-old daughter who have been volunteering at the Colony 47 Community Christmas Lunch for the last 5 years.
The reflections of this 12 year old girl who has been volunteering on Christmas Day since she was 7 are truly inspirational.
Colony 47 has 45 years’ experience hosting the event and Colony 47’s Christmas Lunch Committee begin work in October to ensure staff and volunteers run like a well-oiled machine.
The event is held at the Hellenic Hall, North Hobart and guests enjoy a traditional roast meal, dessert, Santa’s visit with a gift for everyone and the option of taking away a hamper and another meal.
Feedback from guests tells us again and again that companionship is the most enjoyed element of the event, with food, entertainment and Santa’s gifts close behind.