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Late cancellation means 100 homeless in Melbourne will be treated to a 5 star lunch today!


Late cancellation means 100 homeless in Melbourne will be treated to a 5 star lunch today!

MORE than 100 homeless people will be treated to a lavish meal at a five-star hotel after a company was forced to cancel an event at the last minute.

The Langley Group had to cancel the luxury lunch at the InterContinental hotel The Rialto in Melbourne because it couldn’t get enough paying customers.

But after being told it was too late to get a refund, the consultancy company decided to invite the city’s homeless to enjoy a free lunch today instead.

Langley’s Mahta Manzouri told 9news.com.au: “These people that would normally never have the opportunity to come into a place like that are going to have a full five-star dining experience.

“The hotel’s been fantastic in working with me on this idea.”

With Melbourne’s temperature dropping this week, the offer couldn't come at a better time for the city's homeless. Picture: Instagram

With Melbourne’s temperature dropping this week, the offer couldn't come at a better time for the city's homeless. Picture: InstagramSource:Instagram

The diners include young homeless people and asylum seekers from a number of charities.

Lee-Ann Boyle, from the charity House of Welcome, said 30 of their regulars would be heading for lunch at the hotel.

The hotel and the Langley Group have worked together to put on the meal.

The hotel and the Langley Group have worked together to put on the meal.Source:Supplied

She said: “We’ll be packing out a tram and hopefully having an awesome day.

“The common thread between all our clients is social isolation and mental health.


“Some of them are homeless, some of them are suffering with other issues that make them extremely socially isolated.

“So to be part of an event like this extremely special.”

Melbourne City Mission and Brigidine Asylum Seekers will also be sending people along to the lunch.

Melbourne City Mission has the largest homeless services in the region for young people under 24.

Brigidine Asylum Seekers works with those who haven’t yet got a place to stay in Australia.

They believe that every “race, religion and gender deserves the right to protection.”

Several young attendees hoping to land careers in hospitality will also be taken on a tour of the hotel following the lunch.



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