- Friday 12 December 2008
Christmas came early for the young people engaged in NAMTEC’S youth development and training programs when Council and NAMTEC staff hosted Christmas dinner today.
For the third year running, Council staff, their families, friends, and the great people who run NAMTEC, have generously donated their time, money and facilities to provide Christmas dinner for young people who may otherwise miss out.
NAMTEC’s Youth Development officer Mark Ellis said it was good for the young people to see that council and its staff really do know about them and take an interest in them.
“They have been looking forward to today for weeks now,” Mark said. “This is a great occasion for them and gives them some happy Christmas memories to look back on at a time when many of them miss out on so much”.
Division 10 Councillor Paul Tatton said the Christmas lunch was a wonderful initiative that started three years ago from a small group of council staff who really wanted to do something for the young people in the community.
“From this small group of staff, it has grown every year with more staff, their family members and now their friends all getting involved and donating time and money.
“They could see what great work NAMTEC were doing in helping the Coast’s disadvantaged young people and wanted to contribute something themselves.
“Council were more than happy to release staff during work time so they could volunteer at the lunch.”
With assistance from a Community Development officer at council, NAMTEC recently received funding from the Gambling Community Benefit fund to purchase new student desks, chairs and kitchen appliances, which will be used for the first time in the new school year.