Lifehouse was abuzz with Christmas spirit and generosity last month.
We had Damien Leith back performing in the foyer for patients, staff and visitors. Damien has been a wonderful friend to Lifehouse over the past two years. Not only did he come and perform for us for the second year in a row – just one day after finishing his national tour – but he also performed his beautiful song about remembering a loved one, “Call Me Crazy”, at the Lifehouse memorial service in August. This was a very special service for the remembrance of loved ones that have died.
And if that wasn’t enough he bowled for us in a charity bowling competition on the Today breakfast show, also in August, getting a strike which earnt us $10,000.
Volunteer Joan O’Regan was busy spreading Christmas cheer dressed up as Mrs Claus on more than one occasion. Joan is currently in the running to win a Guinness World Record for having the most Christmas decorations up in the house at Christmas time. We wish her the best of luck!
Staff at premier partner The Star baked 200 gingerbread men which they brought to sell in the foyer. The gingerbread sold out in under two hours and proceeds were donated to Lifehouse.
The Markarterie Christmas stall popped up in the foyer in the first week of December. Volunteers were selling beautiful items handmade by participants in the Arterie program.
Pantera Press generously donated nearly $30,000 worth of new books by Australian authors for our patients, caregivers and staff. What a thoughtful gesture for people whose lives are touched by cancer.
And, after all this, there was still the big day. You can see staff here setting up the dining room for the patient Christmas lunch as well as Margie with her Arterie trolley ready to entertain the children.
A big thank you to everyone who contributed to creating a wonderful Christmas spirit and special thanks to the staff and volunteers who worked on Christmas day.