Cheers to the vol­un­teers

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Pa­trick Tansey

MHA Care cel­e­brated the tire­less con­tri­bu­tions of all its won­der­ful vol­un­teers on Fri­day at its an­nual Christ­mas lunch at St Mar­garet’s Angli­can Church hall.

MHA chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Ho­gan thanked all Meals on Wheels and FoodShare pro­gram vol­un­teers for their ef­forts dur­ing the year.

Across the Moira Shire, MHA had 395 ded­i­cated vol­un­teers sup­port­ing the Meals on Wheels pro­gram, which de­liv­ers 25 370 meals.

In Co­bram, 118 vol­un­teers sup­ported 100 peo­ple and de­liv­ered 7260 meals — 1.6 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion was ser­viced by 1.96 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion, Mr Ho­gan said.

‘‘You pro­vide a valu­able car­ing role and keep the peo­ple you sup­port con­nected to their com­mu­ni­ties,’’ he said.

‘‘You have sup­ported peo­ple to con­tinue to live in their own homes by pro­vid­ing valu­able nour­ish­ment through the meals you de­liver.’’

Forty-eight peo­ple sup­ported the FoodShare pro­gram, in which 115 food ham­pers were distributed through ser­vice providers and 1074 ham­pers through the Yar­ra­wonga and Co­bram shop fronts.

Those num­bers were equiv­a­lent to pro­vid­ing 204 531 adult meals.

‘‘You as vol­un­teers con­tinue to keep peo­ple well nour­ished, in­ter­vene when they’re in trou­ble, en­hance their lives, pre­vent falls and hospi­tal stays and keep them liv­ing in their own homes longer,’’ Mr Ho­gan said.

Pat on the back: Heather Bar­rie, Camel­lia Black­ley, Ruth Ritchie and Lor­raine Ben­nett.

Lunch: Vol­un­teers watch on as their peers are recog­nised for their ser­vice.

Thanks: MHA Care chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Ho­gan.

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