Cliff’s Kitchen Christmas lunch set to spread love and cheer

Taylar AmoniniBusselton Dunsborough Times
Cliff's Kitchen organisers John Morris and Kerry Bayley.
Camera IconCliff's Kitchen organisers John Morris and Kerry Bayley. Credit: Taylar Amonini/Busselton-DunsboroughTimes

As the festive season kicks into high gear, so does the team at Cliff’s Kitchen who have spent the week preparing for their annual Christmas lunch.

Volunteers, organisers and Santa’s elves have once again transformed St Mary’s Anglican Church into a holiday haven for those in need this Christmas for their annual luncheon.

Cliff's Kitchen volunteers Heidi Delane and Gale Sullivan.
Camera IconCliff's Kitchen volunteers Heidi Delane and Gale Sullivan. Credit: Taylar Amonini/Busselton-DunsboroughTimes

Sorting fresh produce, baking sweet treats and organising Santa’s arrival, Cliff’s Kitchen has been hosting the community Christmas event for more than 10 years, according to Church administrator John Morris.

“There’s so many people at Christmas time who don’t have family and loved ones around, whether that be because they’ve fallen on hard times or have to split their kids’ time with their in-laws,” he said.

“We want to make sure that everyone has a place to go, no one gets turned away and the community can come together.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re homeless or just lonely — it’s important to have somewhere to go.”

John Morris, Reverend Rose, Sandra Marriott and Libby Mettam at the St Mary's Anglican Church.
Camera IconJohn Morris, Reverend Rose, Sandra Marriott and Libby Mettam at the St Mary's Anglican Church. Credit: Taylar Amonini/Busselton-DunsboroughTimes

While COVID-19 has meant Christmas lunch and fortnightly dinners have looked a little different for the community group, more than 150 families have been cared for and fed thanks to the dozens of volunteers on board.

This year the meals may not be shared across a table, but the Christmas cheer will remain on Christmas day for all in need.

Co-ordinator Kerry Bayley has volunteered at Cliff’s Kitchen since 2005 and said she was excited for the Christmas Day feast, which made all the weeks of organisation worth it.

Santa will make a visit with presents for those in attendance at the event.

The event is made possible by grants from the City of Busselton and Vasse MLA Libby Mettam, and public donations. The St Mary’s Anglican Church Christmas lunch runs from midday to 1.30pm. Entry is free.

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