Meals on Wheels President Bevan Anderson presents Norma Mulchay with a gift for 27 years’ service to the community organisation.
Meals on Wheels President Bevan Anderson presents Norma Mulchay with a gift for 27 years’ service to the community organisation. Craig Warhurst

Meals on Wheels stalwart retires

NORMA Mulchay has been a rock at Gympie Meals on Wheels for the last 27 years, but as long-serving volunteers like Norma retire from the organisation, young people aren’t stepping up to fill the void.

Ms Mulchay says years of volunteering for Meals on Wheels has been a great part of her life, she has made life long friends and says it gives you a good feeling deep down.

“You know you are doing a good job – a good job that is needed in the community,” she said.

“You get a lot of job satisfaction.”

Ms Mulchay has worked as a driver, kitchen hand and washer upper but the last 14 years Ms Mulchay has been the roster clerk, co-ordinating volunteers to prepare and deliver meals to housebound clients.

The job meant she was on the phone a lot organising up to 25 volunteers a day out of a pool of 400 so she could type up a roster and send it to The Gympie Times.

Dr David Nimmo was on hand to congratulate Norma and made a speech about his time working with her.

He said Ms Mulchay never stopped - she had a phone in one hand and a note pad in the other.

“I hope she has a great retirement,” Dr Nimmo said.

“And then comes back to help out next year.

“It was a hard job, well done,” he said.

In her speech, Ms Mulchay thanked everyone who had helped her in her role.

“I would like to thank everyone who responded to my calls,” Ms Mulchay said.

“Very few people refused and if they did it was for a good reason.

“God never let me down he always answered my prayers.

“I will miss you and will continue to read the roster in the paper every Saturday,” she said.

Meals on Wheels committee member Bill McNaught said the group was struggling to attract new members while older volunteers were starting to call it quits.

“We are all ageing,” Mr McNaught said.

We need some younger ones to step up,” he said.

He urged anyone with spare time and an interest in helping the community to volunteer at Meals On Wheels.

He said any person interested could contact Dianne or Kerry on 5482 3342.

Gympie Times


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