Doug gives back
Is a volunteer, a community man and is town proud
TOP EFFORT: Doug Green has been recognised for his tireless efforts helping the community through Meals on Wheels. Pictured at a recent awards ceremony being congratulated by Mayor Don Waugh and Cr Faye Whelan. later for the Gayndah Shire Council.
And when his father was at work, Doug remembered a childhood full of laughter and games in his home town.
“It was a pretty quiet place (back then),” he said.
“We used to get in to all sorts of mischief in the river.
“And we would run go-karts through the street.”
He left school at 14 and worked on orchards around town from a teenager until he retired at 65.
But these days he is known as one of the familiar faces of the Gayndah Meals and Wheels service.
For three days a week since 2001, Doug has been helping out at the service that is invaluable for many of the older residents of Gayndah.
When asked why he has continued volunteering for so long he simply said “I thought I’d give something back”.
“It’s something to do,” he said.
With almost 15 years of service to Meals on Wheels, he is one of their longest serving volunteers.
But it’s not just his long service he is known for, but the friendliness and warmth he brings to everyone he delivers a meal to.
“I put the meals for them on the table,” he said.
“And then I ask them if they need any shopping done.
“And I get the mail for them if they have trouble with that.
“A lot of these people I deliver for I’ve known for years.”
With almost 15 years of service, and now aged 72, Doug doesn’t intend to stop volunteering.
But he does rule out ever volunteering to do the cooking. “I’m not much of a cook.” Despite his long service, it took Doug by surprise when he won three awards at the recentWide Bay Volunteers awards.
“I didn’t think I’d get three,” he laughed.
“I got one, sat down, and then the next thing I’m up on stage again.”
But Doug doesn’t want awards or recognition, he just thinks it is the right thing to do in a town like Gayndah.
“One day I may need Meals on Wheels myself.”