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When you hear the words “charity long lunch” you might think of dining at a vineyard or a weekend arvo at a posh restaurant. However, think again. Catering People have a fresh take – aimed at supporting local charities. Envision a three-course lunch at one of your favourite venues or settings. Furthermore is the added bonus of raising money for your biggest passion.

A Charity Long Lunch is a fundraiser for a proposed project, with a goal of $20,000 or more. In conjunction with the community, they provide a novel way to convey information. As well as raising awareness. Activities during the event could include live music, a silent auction, or a raffle. Additionally, frequent volunteer involvement adds to the team spirit.

Who are Charity Long Lunches for?

Catering People kicked off the long lunch concept with The Mulberry Project in 2021. This charitable organization does remarkable work assisting migrants with economic and training opportunities. During the event, Catering People management supervised trainees. It was a collaborative effort to upskill Project workers in the kitchen and for service.

With the success of the inaugural event, The Mulberry Project was quick to book another. Keep an eye out for it again this September!

Yet, Long Lunches aren’t limited to charities. Catering People continued to adapt the concept. They’ve extended the idea to fundraising for schools, such as ‘Parents & Friends’. If you’d like to know more about booking a Long Lunch for your child’s school, click here.

Where can you have a Charity Long Lunch?

You can hold your Charity Long Lunch anywhere!

For bigger invite lists with live music, consider the showgrounds. Take the hassle out of finding a separate venue and book the Econo Lodge. Catering People have exclusive use of it, with three rooms available for hire. Indeed, a local park could be ace. – Surrounded by shady trees and lush gardens, it’d be picture perfect!

Certainly, we could set up in the assembly hall of a school. For a more intimate setting, your home might be the ideal spot. Imagine a bespoke birthday fundraiser in your backyard with your closest friends! Catering People have experience operating in diverse locations. For you, our valued client, this means heaps of venue possibilities.


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Bespoke Packages

Catering People understand the need for crafting unique experiences within a quota. We can construct an exclusive package for both your tastes and your budget.

For as few as 20 people or upwards of 500, we can tailor a package for your charity or school. Choose a style that compliments your event. For instance, options range from canapés and alternate drop to platters, or even High Tea. Add-on a pop-up bar, available as a basic package with beer, wine and cider. Or customize it with bespoke cocktails that encompass the theme of your fundraiser.

Looking for catering ideas that inspire you? Check out our menu options available here.

The Idea behind Charity Long Lunch

Carmel Tulloch, owner of Catering People says, “The concept of a charity long lunch emerged during the pandemic. There was a crisis across the hospitality industry. What transpired was a great opportunity to work with other businesses and organizations. Thus, a united way to address the devastating financial impact that affected us all. It was a way to celebrate gatherings again, a chance to both fundraise and heal.”

Also of importance, Charity Long Lunches provide jobs. At the same time, they let staff continue to use their training and hone their skills. Carmel adds, “These events are a chance to bring our community together. To help fill venues. In short, to bring positivity and meaning back into our lives. Altogether feeling the like-minded spirit of people doing what they love.”

And Catering People love working with and supporting you, our clients and our community. Let our friendly, professional team help you create the fundraiser you’ve envisioned. Book your Charity Long Lunch with Catering People now.

Contact us by email at: functions@cateringpeople.com.au or by using our Contact Form

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