Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt with organisers Linda Howard (left) and Teressa Laughton at his community Christmas lunch at the Scottish Hall in Invercargill on Christmas Day. About 150 guests, including those nominated by 16 Southland agencies, attended the function.
Mr Shadbolt said it was one of his personal highlights of the year. “It’s of fantastic importance to the city because it symbolises caring, sharing, looking after each other and having a good time together… that’s important because a lot of people haven’t got families or are new to the area, so often Christmas can be a lonely time.”
Mrs Howard said the day showcased the best of Southland people. Thanks to support from the community, $2550 had been raised to host the event, she said, with $253 left over to go towards the next event.
“It couldn’t happen without [the community’s support].
“We have gone all out to put on a good Christmas for these people, and this may be the best day they have had all year,” she said on the day of the event.
Photo: Ben Waterworth