THE 2020 Limestone Coast Support Homeless People Luncheon was postponed until 2022 due to uncertainty around public events as a result of COVID-19.
Luncheon committee chairman Barry Stafford said the event remained “sold out” with 500 bookings carried over to a date to be set in 2022 for what is one of the region’s largest charity events and a key business networking occasion for the Limestone Coast.
“Everything that makes this event so special will remain the same, including our keynote speaker Melanie Cooper OAM, emcee Rupert McCall AM and the interstate tables committing to return,” he said.
Bookings for the luncheon, initially planned for 2020, will remain valid for the 2022 function.
The first luncheon was held in 2012 and was spearheaded by the late philanthropist Barry Maney OAM and Mr Stafford, who was Barry Maney Group dealer principal at the time.
When they learnt of the work of ac.care to support people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the region, they wanted to create an event to raise awareness and funds to help.
Held every two years and with the amount raised growing each time, the 2020 event was to be the fourth luncheon and Mr Stafford praised businesses and supporters who continued to make the fundraiser a success.
“On behalf of my committee, I thank the management of The Barn Palais, our speaker Melanie Cooper OAM, emcee Rupert McCall AM, our sponsors and the businesses who have purchased tables, provided auction and raffle donations for their understanding and support,” Mr Stafford said.
Although the luncheon has been postponed until 2022, the community can continue to support the work of ac.care in the meantime by making a one-off donation or becoming a regular donor at accare.org.au/donate