Meals on Wheels celebrated
THE local heroes of Meals on Wheels Services stepped into the national spotlight yesterday as their enormous contribution to the community was celebrated on National Meals on Wheels Day.
The annual celebration recognises the work of the organisation’s 80,000 volunteers at 740 branches around the country.
Together they prepare and deliver more than 15 million meals each year, enabling clients to live independently at home.
Nutrition and health are the theme for this year’s national day. Services will choose their own way to mark the occasion, whether it is involving local celebrities or public officials in delivering meals, or preparing a special main course or dessert as a treat for meal recipients.
Member for Gympie David Gibson assisted Gympie Meals on Wheels, lending a hand in kitchen preparation, plating of meals and delivering meals to clients.
Australian Meals on Wheels Association president Leon Holmes said the day was about recognising the efforts of the organisation’s volunteers and staff.
“The strength of the organisation comes from our volunteers and the incredible work they do,” he said.
“The people we serve are unable to shop or prepare for themselves and are often frail but still want to remain at home. There is no other service able to do what we do, which is to ensure our clients retain their independence and have a nutritious meal and also get the benefit of a friendly volunteer checking on their ‘well being’ and making sure they are alright.
“I can’t praise highly enough our volunteers. They come with a desire to contribute to the community but they also make friendships and enjoy a rare sort of camaraderie.”
Gympie Meals on Wheels employs seven staff, has 320 volunteers and provides a service for 150 people. If you wish to volunteer or know someone who might need our service, please phone Di or Kerrie on 5482 3342 or email email@example.com