Festive lunch for families

Kerryn Vilinskis, Lilah, 10, Gwynne Vilinskis and Brody, 12, at the park's Christmas lunch. Photo by Mark Wilson.

By Alesha Capone

The Park Hotel in Werribee hosted a special Christmas lunch on Monday.
The hotel held its third annual foundation lunch, in conjunction with The Smith Family.
The event was attended by attended by 15 families and 42 children.
Youngsters at the event included Manorvale Primary School pupils, from families supported by The Smith Family.
Hotel owners Connie and Nick Christou said families at the festive lunch enjoyed a meal and entertainment – including a wildlife show featuring a miniature crocodile and lizards – and each child also received a donated gift.
“We have local businesses and individuals who support a child with a present,” Mr Christou said.
“We’re a community and we all support each other.”
Woolworths in Werribee donated a hamper for each family in attendance, while a Werribee Open Range Zoo donated free family passes.
Mr Christou staff and chefs from The Park also donated their time to help run the lunch.
Ms Christou said that the children at the event were aged between two and 15 years old.
“I think it is about the fact, this time of year is hard for everyone, and it’s good to let people and families know there are others out there thinking of them and people out there who want to help,” she said.