On behalf of The Greens I expressed my thanks and congratulations to the volunteers and the Board of The Luncheon Club. However the highest praise should be reserved for Carol Ann King who provided the inspiration behind the Luncheon Club with fifteen years of dedicated service in support of people living with and affected by HIV/Aids.
The Luncheon Club volunteers worked tirelessly fundraising, shopping, cooking and providing a unique service in Sydney. It’s quite inspiring when you see a non-government support service struggling with fundraising and service provision but overcoming the obstacles. The Luncheon Club struggled for 15 years providing many less well off members of the Sydney LGBTI community with essential services such as food items from the Luncheon Club’s pantry, a lovingly prepared lunch and some friendly company. There were times when meals had to be served in a car park in the rain but Carol and her team persisted.
Over the years I have attended lunches at The Luncheon Club where I have been able to help serve lunch and talk with some of the guests and will continue to do so. Being able to share that experience is the kind of thing that makes being a councillor worthwhile. I am also pleased that the City of Sydney has been able to provide accommodation for the Luncheon Club.
The Greens commend the Sydney Community, Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and the Aids Council of NSW for taking on the challenge and continuing to provide this important and essential service.
As Greens Councillor in the City of Sydney I am honoured to have been involved with The Luncheon Club, volunteers, Board & Carol Ann.