CHRISTMAS is a time of year when celebrations are high and loved ones are reunited, but for some, the festive season can bring up feelings of grief, loneliness and loss.
Not-for-profit organisation Boots'n Bulldust will hold a Christmas with Friends luncheon this Saturday to combat the culture of loneliness within our region.
Boots'n Bulldust director Sandy Towell said she believed loneliness was prevalent in the South Burnett.
"We have a large number of senior citizens in the area and also those who are on pensions, unemployed or disabled who can become isolated," Ms Towell said.
She believed social isolation was a significant contributor to depression.
"Depression is an isolating illness anyway, but the more someone withdraws and stays within their own environment, the more cut off they are in the community," she said.
"That's why coming together as a community is very important - even if they link up with one other person, it's a start."
The Christmas with Friends luncheon will treat guests to a hot Christmas lunch with dessert, entertainment and gifts for children.
The event has run for the past seven years and is sponsored by the South Burnett Regional Council and the Bendigo Bank.
"The luncheon is not only about those in financial need, but those in need of company too," Ms Towell said.
She said the day would be one of great fun and bringing the community together.
"Sometimes people don't know where they fit in, but it is about pushing yourself to get out of your comfort zone," Ms Towell said.
"When you do that, you see you're not the only one who's going through stuff - you see there are people out there who care.
"That's why coming together as a community is important."
The free event will take place this Saturday, December 12, from 11am at the Nanango Cultural Centre. To book, phone Sandy on 0423 830 224 or email sandy@country focus.com.au.
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