Locals reach Meals on Wheels milestones

MILESTONE: Naracoorte’s Pat Williams (left) has been volunteering with Meals on Wheels for an impressive 43 years. She is pictured delivering lunch to Naracoorte residents Betty and Max Dickinson. For over four decades,Pat Williams and Pam Grummett of Naracoorte have been providing hot meals with a friendly smile to locals in need.

MEALS ON WHEELS: Naracoorte’s Pam Grummett has been delivering hot meals to local residents for well over 45 years.

On November 18, Meals on Wheelsacknowledged volunteers Pat and Pam for 40 and 45 years respectively at the Meals on Wheels Awardee Day.

Volunteering with Meals on Wheels runs in the family for both ladies, one of the reasons behind their long-lasting involvement with the organisation.

Pat’s mother and mother-in-law were volunteerswith the organisation and Pam’s parents were involved from the very beginningwhen Doris Taylor started Meals on Wheels 62 years ago.

Pam said she has been involved with Meals on Wheels for well over 45 years.“I actually started volunteering as I thought it was just a part of married life,” she laughed.

“I started delivering meals once a month in the local areathrough the Wrattonbully Red Cross groupand also delivered meals to peoplein Edenhope and Apsley for around five years,” she said.

Like most Meals on Wheels volunteers, Pam said she thoroughly enjoyed talkingto residents duringher visits.

“I really enjoy seeing all the clients and I love chatting to them. I believeit’s important to check up on the clients and I think they all appreciate it,” she said.

Pat said she hasbeen volunteering with the organisation for around 43 years.

“I was inspired by my mother and mother-in-law to join Meals on Wheels –I started volunteering with Jan Williams on school parents’ meeting days,” she said.

“Grocery shopping and cooking is a problem for some people so it’s good to be able to help out in some way.”

One day ofevery month, Pat and Pam visitbetween 6-20 clients with a tasty meal and a light-hearted conversation.

“Sometimes Meals on Wheels volunteers are the only people clientssee for the day so it’s really worthwhile and I think they really appreciate it too,” Pat said.

“It’s the yarn as much as the meal and I’m always pleased to see the clients and catch up with them.”

Pat said she received a badge from Meals on Wheels to recognise her long-standing involvement with the organisation.

“It’s nice to be recognised but I don’t do it to be acknowledged, I volunteer as it’s something I’ve always thought was worthwhile,” she said.

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