Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members gathered for a festive end to a wonderful year of fun and friendship last Wednesday, with Santa’s elves handing out Kris Kringle presents.

The Green Room at Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club was buzzing with the hum of happy voices as members adorned in festive outfits sat around Christmas tables to celebrate over dinner.

Santa’s twin elves Georgia and Harry Hobson (9) have been ‘in training’ under the supervision of retired elves Mackenzie and Charlette Keeler, who have carried out the role from as far back as 2015.

With a big smile and “happy Christmas” the elves distributed gifts to members and their secret VIEW Friends, whose names will be revealed at the annual general meeting in February. With so much COVID disruption over the past two years, the friends were happy to again support the club’s three disadvantaged students through the Smith Family charity’s Learning For Life program and also donate to the Christmas appeal.

Formed more than 60 years ago under the umbrella of the Smith Family, VIEW provides the opportunity for women from all walks of life to meet regularly, establish lasting friendships and help disadvantaged children through the work of the children’s charity. Together VIEW Clubs sponsor more than 1550 disadvantaged students through the program.

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