The Prime Minister began his Christmas day making prawn cocktails, posing for selfies and dancing to the Kinks at Sydney’s Wayside Chapel.
Now in its 14th year, the Wayside Chapel’s Christmas lunch for the homeless catered to around 500 people on Monday, with dozens of volunteers giving up their Christmas morning to help those less fortunate.
Mr Turnbull thanked volunteers and posed for selfies at the event, which serves up about 1000 meals, many of them taken away and distributed to hungry people through Sydney’s streets.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull enjoyed Christmas at the Wayside Chapel Christmas lunch on Monday
Asking for a second term? The Prime Minister whispers a secret to Santa as he attends the annual Wayside Chapel Christmas lunch
The Wayside Chapel Christmas lunch is a free event to give the homeless and anyone else that wishes to come along a Christmas lunch
Mr Turnbull also helped out in the kitchen, serving up prawns for the homeless and less fortunate
‘Merry Christmas, it’s wonderful to be here with you all. I want to thank in particular all the volunteers – the people who work at the Wayside, it is a great exercise in practical, unconditional love,’ Mr Turnbull told the crowd.
The Prime Minister was a hit with the crowd, serving bread and kebabs and dishing up prawn cocktails.
Walking through the festive crowd, surrounded by his security detail, Mr Turnbull was lured onto the dance floor for a brief boogie.
The Prime Minister made sure all eyes were on him in his very colourful red, blue and purple shirt
Mr Turnbull was later lured onto the dance floor for a brief boogie as the crowds enjoyed Christmas Day
The festive occasion saw Mr Turnbull don a colourful striped shirt as he danced and spent time with attendees at the lunch
Handing out food and chatting to community members, the Prime Minister wished everyone a Merry Christmas
Earlier, several members of the Chapel spoke to the crowd of several hundred, describing their time with Wayside and how the Chapel had helped them.
‘This organisation, these people, this staff – it’s not really the building – but it’s the people here that give you the inspiration and motivation to make a change in yourself,’ one man said.
Wayside Chapel chief executive Reverend Graham Long said he understood Christmas Day could be a tough time for some people without family.
Posing for photos and petting several dogs on the day, the Prime Minister appeared joyful and festive
Now in its 14 year, the Wayside Chapel’s Christmas lunch for the homeless catered to around 500 people on Monday
A very Merry kiss! The Prime Minister was given a quick peck on the cheek by a volunteer for the Wayside Chapel
‘It’s about community, no one should be alone on Christmas day,’ Rev Long told reporters.
Rev Long said the Christmas lunch was attended by a wide variety of people, not just Sydney’s homeless community.
‘A lot of the people who come here don’t actually have a roof over their head and a lot of them are quite wealthy.’