ONE of the region’s biggest charity events for 2023 is just two weeks away with The Limestone Coast Support Homeless People Luncheon returning to The Barn Palais on Friday, July 28.

Tickets are still available, but event organiser ac.care is hoping for a sell-out business networking luncheon to boost the vital local organisation’s capacity to support vulnerable people as demand for its services continues to rise.

“We have a fantastic afternoon planned with Premier Peter Malinauskas visiting as our guest speaker and capacity for 500 people to enjoy a long lunch while learning about ac.care, hearing stories from people we support and discussing how the community can make a difference, including through the exciting fundraising activities on the day, such as auctions, raffles and a lucky-key draw for one attendee to take home a timber rack filled with local wines,” event coordinator Jason Wallace of ac.care said.

“Businesses have been very generous supporting the event with ticket purchases and donations of items, supplies and other support to make the day a success, but we are now calling on the community to book remaining seats and arrive ready for a memorable day of the Limestone Coast coming together to support people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.”

This year’s luncheon will be the first since 2018 after the event sold out in 2020, but had to be postponed due to COVID-19 and was eventually cancelled, before being replanned for 2023.

WELCOME RETURN: The Limestone Coast Support Homeless People Luncheon is back for the first time since 2018 after COVID-19 restrictions impacted on the major fundraiser over the past five years.

WELCOME RETURN: The Limestone Coast Support Homeless People Luncheon is back for the first time since 2018 after COVID-19 restrictions impacted on the major fundraiser over the past five years.

The inaugural luncheon in 2012 was led by the late Barry Maney OAM, with Barry Maney Group’s Barry Stafford continuing to play a key role over subsequent years, with the 2018 luncheon raising $125,000.

“Raising $125,000 through one fundraising event thanks to the business community coming together in support of ac.care made an enormous difference to our capacity to make a difference supporting country people and we are hoping for a similar result this month,” Mr Wallace said.

“Sadly, our services are needed more than ever as an increasing number of people are seeking our support to avoid homelessness, receive emergency relief or secure accommodation.”

Luncheon funds are used to directly support vulnerable country people with past initiatives including renting of emergency accommodation, piloting of unique new approaches to meet gaps in local services and ensuring ac.care has the resources it needs to assist people in a crisis.

The event runs from noon to 4pm with tickets available online for $100 per person, including lunch and complementary beer and wine.

Tickets can be booked at www.bit.ly/SHPL2023 or www.accare.org.au

CALL FOR SUPPORT: Limestone Coast Support Homeless People Luncheon ambassador Barry Stafford and event coordinator Jason Wallace from ac.care are calling on people to book remaining tickets for the event to help ensure its success.

CALL FOR SUPPORT: Limestone Coast Support Homeless People Luncheon ambassador Barry Stafford and event coordinator Jason Wallace from ac.care are calling on people to book remaining tickets for the event to help ensure its success.

ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday
9am to 5pm
Tuesday
10:30am to 5pm
Wednesday
9am to 5pm
Thursday
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
Friday
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Millicent
Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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