Don't be alone for Christmas lunch - Janet Newman and volunteers from the Urangan Community Centre, will welcome you to the Picnic in the Gardens, Elizabeth Street. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Don't be alone for Christmas lunch - Janet Newman and volunteers from the Urangan Community Centre, will welcome you to the Picnic in the Gardens, Elizabeth Street. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle Valerie Horton

Picnic feast for those who need it most

URANGAN Community Centre's Janet Newman is just about ready for the biggest Christmas picnic yet.

More than 200 people with chairs and rugs in tow are expected to join her at the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens on Friday to feast on about 600 sausages, 18kg of ham, 24 puddings, salads and fruits galore.

"We may even get 300 people and we always over-cater," she said.

Now in its eighth year, Picnic in the Gardens aims to bring those without close friends and family together on Christmas Day.

"There is no need to spend Christmas on your own," Janet said.

The more than 30 volunteers recruited to help out on the day will prepare the feast, set up the marquee covered food service and dining areas and make sure picnickers have a great time.

Guests will be able to enjoy their lunch-time outing free-of-charge.

As well as the banquet, there will be games, festive music and an appearance by Santa Claus bearing gifts.

The event is open-to-all wanting Christmas company.



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