Community & Business

19 December, 2023

Locals open homes for Christmas

THE Herberton Christmas Orphans Lunch will be hosted once again this year, an event born out of the realisation that a few individuals, including David Betheras and Warren James, would be spending Christmas alone.

Locals open homes for Christmas - feature photo

What started as an impromptu plan to share a few drinks, nibbles, and company on Christmas Day turned into a memorable celebration for the dozen friends who found themselves in similar circumstances.

“We thought it would be great to do the same the following year and wondered how many others might be interested in being alone for Christmas in company,” Warren said. 

“We would like to see this be a regular thing on the local social calendar. We just don't want anyone to be alone for Christmas when they don't have to be.”

The event is BYO drinks and a plate and has cost involved. Those wanting to attend can email 

In Mareeba, the Richards family is hosting an open Christmas Day Lunch and Pool Party for anyone who is doing it tough.

There will be volleyball, cricket, footy, food and swimming for a day of fun. 

To get involved, contact Sharon on 0408 102 660 or Andrew on 0410 337 860. 


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