Christmas Day Lunch
156 local elderly and lonely people received a free Christmas Day lunch and food essentials pack!
The Rotary Club of Clacton-on-Sea were able to provide a Christmas Day lunch and afternoons entertainment at the Clacton County High School. Some 40 local people gave up their Christmas day to assist in welcoming the guests and serving them dinner, assuring they were well looked after for the day. Most of the guests were transported to the venue by a fleet of Tendring Community buses with their volunteer drivers who without their help the function would not have been possible.
Les on the keyboard kept everybody entertained throughout the day.
Money to fund the meals was raised by collections in the town centre, at the local supermarkets, by running the TDC air show carpark and finally at the Rotary Carol concert held recently at the West Cliff Theatre.
Supplies and food packs were boosted by the generosity of Marks & Spencers with their food donations, B & M store with Asda and the Clacton Lions Club for gifts for the goody bags given to everybody as they left. Our main thanks must go to the Principal and staff of the CCHS for their help and support together with Pinnacle for the use of the kitchen and dining room and all the caretaking staff that contributed so much to make the day a great success.
After the event Rotary President Kevin Harkin said “ This is another yet event where Rotary can act successfully as a catalyst to pull together businesses in the town and can give joy to some less fortunate people. ”
Photos showing the range of activities and fund raising done over the festive period: