On the search for new elves

JULIE Ferguson is looking for some ‘elves’ to help her collect Christmas fare and put on a magical Christmas lunch.

Ms Ferguson is working to organise the annual Christmas in the Gardens dinner for people who would otherwise be on their own for lunch on December 25.

Backpackers, travellers away from home, people who want to avoid arguments at family gatherings, people with no family ... all have been welcome to gather in the Botanic Garden on Christmas Day and share lunch for the past three years.

But this year the founder of the Orphans Christmas, Robyn Milne, has had to bow out due to ill health and another helper died suddenly several weeks ago.

On her own, Ms Ferguson does not have the resources to provide the food and drink, collect everything and arrange the event, but she does not want to see this popular event disappear so she needs some help.

She needs people to help by donating Christmas fare and decorations and by picking up diners and driving them to and from the party.

Julie became an ‘elf’ herself when she answered an advertisement in the Coffs Coast Advocate for people on their own at Christmas.

She then helped Robyn Milne organise the ‘Orphans’ Christmas’, which she said was “a wonderful day” – with food fun, Christmas music, everybody bringing a $5 gift and a ‘twisted Santa’.

Julie can be contacted on 6652 9058 or 0421 430 175.

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