WARREN Entsch MP helped Cairns Meals on Wheels make their deliveries on Thursday and spread some Christmas cheer among Cairns’ elderly residents who are very grateful clients of the service.
“Without their contribution, this service couldn’t exist so we really do owe them a great deal of thanks on behalf of the community.
“For the clients, it’s a real highlight when a volunteer knocks at the door with their delivery and a friendly greeting.
“I enjoyed meeting a local resident, Ethel Chapman, who turned 90 on Sunday (6 Dec). I was amazed, given her age, at the effort she still puts into her garden – it was incredible. She assured me that it’s all her own efforts, although she did concede that she no longer mows the lawn.”
Mr Entsch said that Christmas is a time for families to come together and for people to focus on being generous and compassionate towards those who may not be in such a fortunate position.
“I’d encourage people to take the time to call in on an elderly neighbour and say hello, maybe with a cuppa and a mince pie, it can mean the world to someone who may be feeling a little lonely during the holiday season.”
Cairns Meals on Wheels delivers more than 1000 meals a week and President Joan Cadman says they are urgently in need of volunteers who can assist with the deliveries. Anyone who is interested can contact Joan on 4051 1300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org