Wanted: helpers to feed the needy
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.
Lending a hand: volunteer Patrick Bowling