Wanted: helpers to feed the needy

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

MEALS on Wheels is in dire need of more lo­cal vol­un­teers.

Just a hand­ful of vol­un­teers are shoul­der­ing the load of de­liv­er­ing dozens of meals to the needy, who are at risk of miss­ing out un­less more peo­ple put their hand up to help out.

One vol­un­teer, 71-year-old Patrick Bowl­ing, who has been help­ing out for the past eight years, said he loves the work and en­joys the com­pany of the kitchen crew and the peo­ple he de­liv­ers the meals to but said they need help des­per­ately.

“It is a great thing to help and I find it a two-way street help­ing peo­ple out and I am re­warded by hav­ing made great friends with all the peo­ple I work with in the kitchen as well as our won­der­ful clients who we de­liver the meals to,” Mr Bowl­ing said.

“The smiles on our clients’ faces just light up when we call with their food.”

Mr Bowl­ing de­liv­ers meals in Port Dou­glas and Moss­man on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days and the rest of the time he is help­ing out where he is needed.

“Once I have de­liv­ered my meals I then go back and help out in the kitchen do­ing what­ever the cooks want done such as peel­ing the pump­kins or help­ing to wash the pots and pans and the dishes - I’m only too happy to help but we do need more vol­un­teers,” Mr Bowl­ing said.

“I would urge any­one, no mat­ter what age they are, to please come and help us be­cause you will en­joy the work and have a lot of fun as well and you can do as lit­tle or as much as you want.

“But with­out your help we can­not de­liver our meals to the peo­ple who need them most, of­ten the el­derly and the frail.”

If you want to be a vol­un­teer and can spend a few hours a week to help this very wor­thy or­gan­i­sa­tion call Steve Macrae on 4098 1105.

Photo by AN­GEL FLETCHER

Lend­ing a hand: vol­un­teer Patrick Bowl­ing

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