Rockhampton’s Volunteers Without Borders provided over 500 Christmas lunches on Christmas Day in the grounds of St Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral.
Volunteers Without Borders is a non-denominational group who support refugees in the city.
The leader of the group, Mrs Linda Esguerra, expressed her sincere thanks. “On behalf of the Volunteers Without Borders, I would like to express our sincere ‘Thank You’ for the very generous and on-going support, which enables us to provide another much needed and appreciated Christmas Banquet for those less fortunate in our community; and those in the Police Force, who had given their time to ensure community safety during the Holiday break; the Paramedics and staff at A&E ready to respond to calls for medical emergencies; and the carers, for their less ambulant clients at the Aged Care units.”
“The food and ambience provided the joyous atmosphere. Teys Australia crew led by its General Manager, Wasantha, churned the best steak BBQ ever! There were over 500 lunches served and enjoyed by everyone, including members of the Indian community with children in their colourful national dress; the refugees and asylum seekers, with the ladies in their hijab; the newly arrived migrants in Rockhampton, the members of the indigenous community; members of the Brazilian, Sri Lankan, Korean, Thai and Filipino communities, and of course, our OZ friends. The Rockhampton Imam made sure he extended his felicitations to all; the songs, laughter and music pervaded throughout the Cathedral Corso."
The Rockhampton Catholic Diocese provided the venue for the event, and the Most Reverend Bishop Michael McCarthy and Vicar General Father Bryan Hanifin proved to be gracious hosts as they welcome the guests.The support and generosity of businesses and individuals from across the city and their belief in the project made it all possible. The Banquet became a truly memorable one for the guests, and the Volunteers Without Borders were humbled by the dedication and inspiration of those who served so joyfully.