Four decades of volunteering recognised

Governor Hieu Van Le last month presented awards to Barossa Valley and Kapunda Meals on Wheels (MoW) volunteers who have given almost half a century to helping people in need.

Barossa Valley Meals on Wheels’ Jenny Wood and Sue Wood both received major awards for 45 year of service.

Kapunda’s Joanne (Margaret) Dickson received hers for 40 years of volunteering.

The event, attended by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia and Patron of MoWSA and Mrs Le, recognised and congratulated volunteers who have achieved major service milestones in 2018.

Meals on Wheels SA Chief Executive Officer Sharyn Broer said the annual Awardee Day was a way to acknowledge the ongoing and inspiring role of volunteers in local communities.

“They’ve also been an important social contact, providing a friendly smile and well-being check to customers,” Mrs Broer said.

“The incredible dedication of our volunteers is why the Meals on Wheels service continues to operate.

“On behalf of our entire organisation, I warmly welcome His Excellency and Mrs Le to this year’s event and congratulate all volunteers on their remarkable service achievements.

“At Meals on Wheels SA, we are always looking for more volunteers to help us continue to important role within the community.”

With 80 branches located across the State, Meals on Wheels has more than 7000 volunteers, employs 53 staff, and supports more than 11,000 people each year. It delivers over 4000 meals each day and in 2018 is celebrating the delivery of 50 million meals.