Waterfoot Residents Association held their second annual Big Lunch recently.
It was an even bigger success than last year with over 400 people attending throughout the day.
Chair or the group Johnny Mullholland said: “We are delighted everyone came along, this was all about bringing people together so that we can sit down and get to know each other better. You never know when you might need your neighbours so havng opportunities like this to make introductions and build new friendships is very important.
“We were supported by a small grant from Causeway Coast and Glens festival fund and Crowd funded by the Eden project, who could see how the absence of a community centre in our area makes events like these all the more difficult to make happen particularly when you want to include those who are unwell, or the very young and older residents.”
Guests included MLA Oliver McMullan and Alderman Maura Hickey The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens and Cllr Margaret Anne McKillop.
Speaking afterwards local resident Monica McLaughlin said: “The Mayor seemed genuinely impressed with how much we have achieved with so little and how we as a community are pulling together to provide opportunities locally.
“Groups and organisations including the Glens Red Squirrels, PSNI community safety partnership and Waste no Time were in attendance and special thanks to Supporting Communities, and all the local businesses who supported the event in any way. This year holiday makers attended the event and we even had someone from as far away as Canada join us.”
NI Manager for The Big Lunch Grainne McCloskey added: “We encourage neighbours to give The Big Lunch a go in your garden, streets and green spaces, it doesn’t need to cost much all you need is a chair and something to share.
More Mhh“With so much political upheaval everywhere, now more than ever we need to pull together as neighbours and ensure we do all we can to support each other where we live.”
The Big Lunch is a simple idea funded by the Big Lottery fund and anyone can try it on your street or in your wider community, as neighbours or as part of a group, the key ingredient is community spirit.
Just go to the website to order your free pack www.thebiglunch.com.