Lights of Christmas Shines on a Charity Event

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
12 Dec 2014

Lights of Christmas charity night was
great success 

Charity and community workers, volunteers and a number of homeless were treated to a special night at the Lights of Christmas presented by PAYCE last night at St Mary's Cathedral.

It was a special charity night where guests gathered in the marquee to enjoy some wonderful food, music from the Street Choir and lots of laughs.

And two charities were very grateful for the support - Matthew Talbot Hostel and Brown Nurses Ministry.

All proceeds from the sale of specially chosen Christmas cards displaying stunning images from the light show will go directly to the nominated charities.
PAYCE Chairman, Brian Boyd, also announced that PAYCE will provide the Matthew Talbot Hostel with 300 care packs containing toiletries and other personal care items to distribute.

 Father Christmas made an appearance at the special charity night

"PAYCE will also match the proceeds from the Christmas card sales for the Brown Nurses, taking PAYCE's charitable contribution to the two charities to over $20,000," he said.
Mr Boyd said the Matthew Talbot Hostel was a local institution providing specialised support to homeless and at risk people in the community, particularly at times of crisis.
"The hostel has 100 beds available each night for homeless men, as well as providing nutritional meals and day services for those in need," he said.
"Each year, over a quarter of a million meals are provided, while its beds are used around 37,000 times.
The Brown Nurses have been providing in-home support to socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and families with complex care needs for the past 101 years.

Guests were entertained and also joined in
the singing 

For PAYCE, it's important at this time of year that we give back to charities that directly help the underprivileged, sick and poor in our city," Brian Boyd said.
Creative Director, Anthony Bastic, said the light show itself examines the joy of giving and service, themes exemplified by the good work of the charity partners.
"Put simply, doing something for others is one of the greatest gifts we can give someone- particularly someone in need. The Christmas story reminds us of the symbolic gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh that were presented by the three wise men at the birth of Jesus. We also explore the idea of giving your time and service as a gift and this is very relevant when reflecting on the service delivered by our charity partners," he said.