Tables set for Christmas dinner
'About 35 people here setting up'AL WILLIAMS
Christmas Day festivities are moving into top gear with volunteers making progress in preparation for a last-minute community dinner in Timaru.
Food, manpower, decorations and entertainers have all landed at the Caroline Bay Hall this morning as part of a co-ordinated effort to make Timaru's Community Christmas Dinner one to remember.
The event, hosted in previous years by Jericho Road Charitable Trust, was cancelled after the 12 key people needed to co-ordinate it failed to come forward.
The announcement prompted other groups and individuals to make the dinner their challenge, including Mr Bourassa and his colleagues at 101, the Mental Wellness Drop-in Centre, John Fallon and Lou Adams.
''It's a full on day down at the bay today; there must be about 35 people here setting up,'' Mr Bourassa said.
Doors open tomorrow at 11.30am and organisers hope to have everyone seated by noon.
Mr Bourassa said people were still offering to help.
''It's been overwhelming; we've got 300 chicken breasts, six hams and extra deserts too.
''Nobody's going to go away hungry.''
- The Timaru Herald