The Luncheon Club celebrated its 16th style on Monday with a special lunch, lots of guest speakers, a few awards and a whole lot of fun.

The Luncheon Club was  founded in November 1993 by Carole Ann King. King threw what she intended as a one-off lunch at the Exchange Hotel in Darlinghurst for people living with HIV/ AIDS.

After working as an AIDS carer and losing friends to the disease, she hoped to give something back to the community.

Eighty-nine people turned up and they were all saying -“same time, same place next week”, and from there the meal and support service was born.

King stood down from the service last year, with ACON and BGF teaming up to ensure the community institution continued.

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