Cheers to the volunteers
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.