A jazzy Easter Sunday helps put food on the tables of many Illawarra families

Easter help: More than 200 attend the Easter Jazz Service at Wesley Church on the Mall in Wollongong where musicians such as Neil Lendrum performed and helped put food on the table of people in need. Picture: Robert Peet

Easter help: More than 200 attend the Easter Jazz Service at Wesley Church on the Mall in Wollongong where musicians such as Neil Lendrum performed and helped put food on the table of people in need. Picture: Robert Peet

Volunteers at the Wesley Church on the Mall in Wollongong celebrated Easter and helped those less fortunate in the community while listening to jazz music on Sunday.

More than 200 people then attended the annual Jazz Breakfast Fundraiser which this year which comes after the church has noticed a big spike in the number of people seeking emergency food relief in Wollongong.

The Wesley Church on the Mall served 1330 lunches in February and 1760 lunches in March and the needs keeps growing. Reverend Geoff Flynn said a 30 per cent increase in one month meant the the church needed to draw on its reserves to keep meeting the demand. 

Captain Bob's Stationhouse Ramblers played in the Wesley Hall from 8am to those at the jazz breakfast making a real difference to many people this Easter.

Parishioner Ron Samways said “around 70 people came to the breakfast at 8am where the musicians performed before the service”. The Easter Jazz Breakfast followed by jazz music at the service is an annual tradition.