Christmas in July for older Australians
More than 130 Meals on Wheels clients will enjoy a two-course Christmas lunch thanks to culinary students from William Blue College of Hospitality Management at Torrens University.
The College has been involved in the annual Christmas in July and December Christmas lunches for Sydney’s Meals on Wheels clients for the last five years.
According to Jason Hannah, one of the educators at the college, it’s a humbling experience to prepare lunch for the Meals on Wheels clients, some of who rarely have the opportunity to enjoy a restaurant-quality meal during an afternoon outing.
“Many of the clients are older Australians who are socially isolated. They may not have families or loved ones around, so it’s really important to us to host this celebration and provide them with a sense of community and belonging.
“Together with the Rotary Club of North Sydney, North Sydney Council and the Crows Nest Centre, we’re creating this event so that the clients can celebrate the festive season in July, which is synonymous with joy, friendship and great food. They deserve to be spoiled with a delicious meal prepared by our student chefs.”
According to Denise Ward from the Crows Nest Community Centre, the Christmas in July lunch is a significant event for Meals on Wheels clients as it is an opportunity to reconnect with familiar faces and enjoy a festive day.
“This annual event creates a sense of community connection for our clients, which they often miss out on during the year. Jason Hannah and his team of students do an extraordinary job in creating a bountiful and delicious meal, set amongst Rotary’s wonderful Christmas-themed dining room.”
Have you had a Christmas in July celebration this year? Are you planning one?