Doug gives back

Is a vol­un­teer, a com­mu­nity man and is town proud

Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50S -

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.”

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

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