Christmas in Kalgoorlie
On Christmas Day Centennial Park in Kalgoorlie came alive with Christmas decorations, a visit from Santa, lunch, rides and games for the annual Christmas in the Park organised by the Church of Christ Kalgoorlie. Christmas Eve saw the Church hall filled with volunteers happily preparing 950 meals, which along with drinks, ice creams and slushies were freely given out to an eager crowd on Christmas Day.
The team of volunteers started setting up the park from 7am Christmas morning in anticipation of the many people who would be attending. Come 11am the park was filled with single people and families joining together to celebrate Christmas with others.
The aim of the lunch is to provide food for those in need and company for those on their own. Many families bring their own food and are there to enjoy the many activities.
Christmas in the Park has been organised by the Church of Christ Kalgoorlie for the past 15 years. It began as a lunch in the church hall for the homeless and destitute and has moved to a local park and has grown to a staggering crowd of approximately 1300 in 2015. It is no longer just for those homeless or in financial need.
The aim of Christmas in the Park is to ensure that no individual or family in Kalgoorlie-Boulder go without on Christmas Day due to financial, personal or family circumstances. For many, many people, young and old, their Christmas is going to be a lot brighter because they will be able to spend it with others, joining in the fun and
festivity of the day.
Approximately 80 volunteers are needed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day help and many of these volunteers are members of the community who come along to help. As a church we exist in our community to be a blessing to others, to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and we are thankful to God for the opportunity that He gives
us to reach out in this way. Planning has already begun for Christmas in the Park 2016.