Paul Sanders is the Mission Australia Chaplain for WA and NT and has been a huge contributor to our annual Christmas Lunch in the Park (CLIP)
What’s the most heart-warming thing you’ve heard from a guest?
“Can we sit on the same table next year?” The people on this table felt so connected to each other that they wanted to reconnect in 12 months’ time!
What is CLIP and who is invited?
CLIP is a time of celebration and community for people who feel forgotten or disconnected at Christmas. It’s an event that is open to anyone vulnerable in the community who needs to find some food and a sense of family and connection, on Christmas Day.
What is your favourite part?
I want to say ‘all of it’ because it’s hard to choose a favourite part! If I was pressed though, I’d have to say that a huge highlight for me is seeing the smiles on hundreds of faces as our guests enjoy food, company and care together.
Who attends CLIP?
Our guests and volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. It really is a rich tapestry of humanity that gathers at CLIP.
Do you have any favourite memories of CLIP volunteers?
Last year (2022) one of our volunteers roped in her partner at the last minute to fill in for a hairdresser who couldn’t make it. This guy cut and styled hair for our guests for hours without a break and I was so impressed by the way he did this with such a spirit of generosity.
How your gift will help this Christmas
Your gift goes much further than simply paying for a meal at Christmas.
Your gift provides a connection to community and access to community support services for children, families and individuals. Thank you for giving vulnerable people the best possible chance of enjoying long-term, lasting independence.
Thanks to your donations, together we’re making an important difference:
- 70,000+ Christmas meals served to individuals across the events 47 year history
- 17,796 people helped through 43 services in WA last year
- Over 7,100 volunteers have shared their Christmas with those in need
Our promise to you
Mission Australia has been helping people move towards independence, and our commitment to this vital work has never been stronger.
Thanks to your support, together we helped 149,096 people in 2023 by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies, and much more.
In 2023, 91.0% of our income went straight back into delivering services that assisted vulnerable Australians.
We appreciate every donation we receive and ensure that each dollar goes where it is needed most.