As December 25 approaches the seats are filling fast for the Launceston Community Christmas event at the Albert Hall.
Organising committee chairman Peter Freak said about 350 people had already signed up, leaving just 200 places left for the free lunch.
“It’s not really about those who can’t afford lunch, although we have plenty of those who come along, but it’s also for people who are lonely or might be isolated who are looking for something to do over Christmas,” he said.
“There is a mix of people there at the event, you get people from all walks of life sitting around a table having lunch together and that’s what it’s about.”
Mr Freak said there are many people, of all ages in the community, who might have a need for company at Christmas.
From people who have moved to Tasmania for work and will spend Christmas away from their families, to the elderly who might not have somewhere else to go.
Already 130 people have signed up as volunteers for the event but a few more with particular skills are needed.
“We’d love someone who is reasonably handy with the camera to take some photos for us, a couple more people with commercial kitchen experience and anyone who is able to assist with kids activities,” Mr Freak said.
The event is arranged by City Mission, the St Vincent de Paul Society, the Salvation Army, the Launceston Benevolent Society and Colony 47. To register go to www.launcestoncommunitychristmas.com.au