END OF AN ERA: Julie Ferguson, organiser for the Orphans Christmas party announces this year will be the last.
END OF AN ERA: Julie Ferguson, organiser for the Orphans Christmas party announces this year will be the last. Leigh Jensen/The Coffs Coast Adv

Orphan's Christmas planning a grand finale

THERE'S no reason to be alone this Christmas thanks to an event organised by a Coffs Harbour local.

This year will be the finale of the Orphans Christmas which has been running since 2007 as co-founder Julie Ferguson retires to put all her energy into her other full time volunteer position at Reap Food Rescue.

Sitting in a park by herself on Christmas day in 2006, Julie had the idea to start an event where people who spend Christmas day alone could enjoy the company of others and celebrate with a delicious lunch.

"If I was just one lonely person on Christmas day, how many more were there?" said Julie.

When first started in 2007 there were 16 people attending, last year there were 210 and Julie said she expects around 200 this year as well.

"I'm very sad about this being the last one, I'm going to miss doing it but I have to retire due to Reap becoming such a big program," she said.

Local business have supported and helping out with food and money donations/vouchers.

Orphans Christmas is held at the Coffs Harbour Botanic Gardens and open to anyone who is alone on the day.

Running from 11am to 3pm, participants need to bring a wrapped gift to the value of $5 or more and will enjoy lunch, presents and a visit from Santa.

To book for the last Orphan's Christmas in Coffs Harbour, call Julie on 0421 430 175

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