Community Christmas lunch back on the menu

    Teressa Laughton (left) and Linda Howard are helping Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt organise his Christmas lunch after a two-year break.

    INVERCARGILL Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt says his traditional Christmas lunch will be back on the table after a two-year hiatus.

    Organisers Teressa Laughton and Linda Howard teamed up with the Invercargill mayor to promote the lunch and bring joy to people in the community without family or who faced financial difficulties.

    “I think people need some cheering up because there are so many issues. It is important to keep those in mind but we’ll have to have a day off too, to celebrate,” Sir Tim said.

    Ms Howard agreed – she was returning to organising the event to also help Sir Tim.

    “[I decided to return] because I felt Tim’s profile needed to be lifted to a higher and more positive note and Teressa and I thought it was a great way to do it.”

    The trio was working with 12 community organisations and 100 people would attend the sit-down lunch, which would include a visit from Santa, presents and ukulele performances.

    Chicken, ham, vegetables and cranberry sauce would be on the menu, Ms Howard said.

    All Covid-19 safety and health protocols would be followed and, in the event of a new lockdown or a change in alert level restrictions, the lunch would be delivered to people’s homes.

    Sir Tim hoped the event could be held as one of his favourite things about the lunch was the humour and conversations with people, he said.

    The Christmas Day lunch will be held at the Pacific Island Advisory and Cultural Trust building on Bowmont St, Invercargill.