Friday, June 11, 2021
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
With 25 volunteers travelling the region each week and bringing freshly cooked meals to the homes of those in need, Proserpine Meals on Wheels is a dynamic local service and a lifeline to many.
Coordinator Helen Maynard-Turner has been with the non-for-profit organisation for 18 years and says the bond born from a lovingly cooked meal often stretches beyond the practicalities of a ‘decent feed’ and extends into a unique friendship that gives everyone involved a deeper connection with the community.
“You meet lots of lovely people and lots of lovely people that become lifelong friends,” said Helen.
“The sad part is when someone passes on, which happens a lot in our line of work.”
First established in 1974, Proserpine Meals and Wheels operated in the old Methodist Church before moving to its current location on Marathon Street in Proserpine.
With a commercial kitchen and spacious parking, this site is ideal for pumping out up to 200 meals each week.
Although they have a reputation for servicing the older members of the community, Helen says Meals on Wheels cater for any age-group and any level need.
We are open to anyone – from our NDIS clients through to women coming out of hospital after having a newborn bub,” said Helen.
“It doesn’t have to be long-term; it is simply a service for anyone who is finding it hard to cope right now.
“They can call the kitchen and we can fill in the necessary paperwork for them.”
Subsidies from the government are offered for some clients and others pay a fee for the service.
The menu is in a six-week rotation and all meals are delivered just before lunch. Proserpine residents can receive meals five days a week and those in rural areas or down ‘the Beach’ can get fresh meals three days a week and frozen meals for the other days.
Simply call 4945 1733 to arrange your Meals on Wheels!
Musical Bingo – 25 June
At Buttercup Lane - 6pm arrival for a 6.30pm start and hosted by Peter O-Toole from the Grandview Hotel in Bowen who is volunteering his time. $10 entry.
Annual Trivia Night – 23 July
At Proserpine Lawn Tennis Club - 6pm arrival for a 6.30pm start.
$2 tickets are on sale every week with a chance to win $100 each week. Go to the Facebook page or Proserpine Community Centre for tickets.