By Parker McKenzie
Belgrave Heights locals have organised a community Christmas carol event to help bring the community together in the spirit of the holidays.
The event will be held at the Belgrave Heights Convention Centre on Sunday 19 December.
Miriam Major organised the event with her husband Jeremy, and said it will be a great opportunity for the community of the Dandenong Ranges to reconnect in person.
“My husband and I are passionate about our local community and we see this event as a great opportunity to bring the community together after the last two years we’ve had,” she said.
“The extended lockdowns have been extremely hard on all of us, especially those home-schooling and those who were separated from family and friends.”
The event will feature a prayer tree, a nativity scene for photos and a make your own Christmas ornament workshop.
Mrs Major said along with her husband she will cover any shortfall in funding for the event.
“The Community Carols will be a back to basics event with some Christmas activities, including the chance to make your own ornament before the carols begin at 7pm.”
“To cover the costs of the event, I have created a Go Fund Me page and will ask for a gold coin donation on the night for those who are able,” Mrs Major said.
Mrs Major has asked children to attend in costume as sheep, shepherds, wise men and women or angels to compliment the nativity scene.
She said the most important thing is for the community come along and enjoy the opportunity to reconnect in person.
“We are also committed to donating any surplus funding to Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Services to support them in the important work they do for those in the community who are struggling,” Mrs Major said.
“We would love to hear from anyone in the community who may be able to support the event by volunteering on the night in the café, helping with activities or assisting everyone to adhere to Covid rules.”
Doors open at 6pm before the event begins at 7pm.
Everyone attending the event will be required to show proof of double vaccination upon arrival.