Let's start caring for our many older residents

I HOPE you took note of our recent photo essay on Meals on Wheels which was captured by chief photographer Rob Williams.

The service is one I hold close to my heart, having served on the Meals on Wheels board on the Fraser Coast.

I put my hand up to help them in Hervey Bay after the service just up the road at Maryborough collapsed.

The Hervey Bay volunteers moved in to keep the meals flowing in that area and thereby became the biggest Meals on Wheels service in Queensland.

I am glad to say that just before I left the region, they received a million-dollar-plus grant to build a desperately needed new headquarters.

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Many people think of Meals on Wheels as just a food provider.

They are indeed that, but they are also an indispensable social support network.

For many of their clients, the volunteer's friendly knock on the door is the only tap on the door they hear all week.

The volunteers not only become friends, they also become health monitors.

On too many occasions, the volunteers discover that clients need urgent medical help.

If they hadn't knocked on the door, who would have known?

We have many older residents living by themselves in this region and I can think of no better thing for us to do than to start showing them we care.

Give them a shout, pop in and have a cuppa and maybe even start up the lawnmower and do them a favour.

You'll be surprised how good it will make you feel about life.

One day it may be you sitting alone at the kitchen table, waiting for someone, anyone, to knock on your door.



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