Camden Haven Community At Three will host a community Christmas lunch this year

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS STILL ON: Wayne Poll, Noelene Taylor, Graham Lee, Leslie Williams, Theo Hazelgrove and Rev Nathan Killick.
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS STILL ON: Wayne Poll, Noelene Taylor, Graham Lee, Leslie Williams, Theo Hazelgrove and Rev Nathan Killick.

The Camden Haven Community At Three, Christmas Day Lunch will go ahead despite the challenges of 2020, says chair Theo Hazelgrove.

The volunteer group is hosting a Christmas Day lunch from noon, opposite the North Haven Service Station in the Camden Haven.

The group supports families and individuals at risk of homelessness in the local government area.

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Camden Haven Community At Three chair Theo Hazelgrove said the group invites anyone to join in and enjoy Christmas Day lunch, with good food and good company.

"There is a lot more people needing help this year with what has happened over the last 12 months," Mr Hazelgrove said.

"We have got a number of people out here who are lonely, on their own and there is a lot of lonely people who have got nowhere to go for Christmas.

"We don't want to leave anyone behind and we have a team of people who want to do Christmas day, so we said 'let's do it'.

"One of the good things about Christmas is that people come out, we are able to give them help and ongoing assistance. Our barbecue is a place to connect and we can link people up with their families, accommodation or employment.

"Everyone is welcome and if people want to volunteer, they can also come down."

The group expects between 50 to 60 people to attend this year, up from 35 during the Christmas Day Lunch last year, said Mr Hazelgrove.

Residents attending the Christmas day can register their interest by calling 0413 480 999, to help advise numbers.

Families struggling this Christmas can also attend The Kew Corner Store during the week before Christmas to receive help with groceries or presents, said Mr Hazelgrove.

The Camden Haven Community At Three is also seeking sponsorship to purchase a vehicle, for use in helping transport handicapped residents to events and appointments.

"We're totally community supported and we haven't had any government grants. It costs us $30,000 to run the movement last year, without including volunteers donated time and donated food," Mr Hazelgrove said.

"It just shows that these communities in Australia function on the efforts of volunteers and we are working on the front line. I wouldn't want to do anything else."

HELPING RESIDENTS WITH DONATIONS: Steffan Andler and Theo Hazelgrove with non-perishable food items at the Kew Corner Store.

HELPING RESIDENTS WITH DONATIONS: Steffan Andler and Theo Hazelgrove with non-perishable food items at the Kew Corner Store.

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