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Thousands attend charity lunch
The West Australian

Thousands have flocked to Wellington Square Park in East Perth today for the 37th annual Christmas Lunch in the Park, a charity event organised by Mission Australia.

The Christmas lunch provides food, gifts and entertainment for disadvantaged families and lonely people without loved ones in the city.

It is Perth's biggest charity event.

Mission Australia State Director Melissa Perry said the focus of the event once again was about bringing the community together to celebrate the Christmas spirit.

"Our lunch is open to people from all walks of life who don't have friends or family to share the Christmas experience with," she said.

"We welcome them to come along and be a part of our community on Christmas Day, to enjoy a meal, entertainment and great companionship.

"We also recognise the importance of volunteers in making CLIP happen, many of whom have been helping us for years. In particular we'll be recognising the efforts of our wonderful volunteer coordinator, Rob de Souza, who has been giving his time for 20 years now."

Ms Perry said Christmas Lunch in the Park continued to be a key feature of Perth's festive season, bringing the public, companies and hundreds of volunteers together to make sure Christmas was a special time for everyone.

The event is sponsored by BHP Billiton Iron Ore and Bankwest.