SERVING HELPING HAND: Barb Brook, Terri Ward, Margaret Kidd and Dianne Wood pitch in at the Gympie Meals on Wheels centre.
SERVING HELPING HAND: Barb Brook, Terri Ward, Margaret Kidd and Dianne Wood pitch in at the Gympie Meals on Wheels centre. Jacob Carson

Hard-working volunteer remembers 45 years of service

MARGARET Kidd has learnt a thing or two about the true meaning of community service.

Having spent 45 years at the Gympie branch of the Meals on Wheels charity, the 86-year-old has been helping out since the very beginning.

"I started here on day one, back in 1970.” she said.

Today marks National Meals on Wheels day, which commemorates the tens of thousands of volunteers who pitch in all across the country.

Margaret's continuous years of service were celebrated in Gympie this week, but she says the biggest reward of all is making a real difference in her community.

"I've enjoyed my whole time here,” she said.

"It's a great feeling, because we're really out here helping people.”

Originally a means to deliver nutritious meals to the ill, elderly and those with disabilities, the charity has become an invaluable way to check in on the community.

"Sometimes it's the only contact they have with the outside world,” Margaret said, "Just a five minute chat can make a huge difference.”

Despite crediting her tireless work for her good health, this Christmas will mark Margaret's last year at the charity.

"I think I've earned a break,” she said.

Gympie Times


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