The milestone is recognition of more than 8000 volunteers who donate their time to prepare and deliver nourishing meals to many people, so they can continue living independently in their own homes.
As part of Meals on Wheels SA 60th birthday celebrations, volunteers will be treated to special Movie Day screenings in Adelaide, Gawler, Port Augusta and Renmark. They will also be invited to attend a Where It All Began afternoon tea at the Port Adelaide Town Hall on 14 August.
A commemorative booklet is also being produced as a keepsake for Meals on Wheels SA volunteers and clients.
Meals on Wheels SA was founded in 1953 by Doris Taylor MBE, with the first branch kitchen established in Port Adelaide in 1954. Since then, the organisation has delivered almost 47 million nourishing meals across a network of 88 branches. In the past financial year alone, Meals on Wheels SA served over one million meals to some 9,000 clients across the State.
Meals on Wheels SA Chief Executive Officer Mrs Sharyn Broer said Meals on Wheels played an integral part in local communities across South Australia.
“For the past 60 years, our remarkable group of volunteers has delivered a daily meal to many thousands of Meals on Wheels clients who are unable to shop or cook for themselves with ease, including; older people, those with a chronic or acute illness, post-operatively, those with a disability or who have a carer role,” she said.
“In the course of one day, over 4000 meals are delivered by our volunteers to clients in Adelaide and in regional and rural areas across the State.
“In addition to serving up a nourishing, tasty meal – volunteers also provide a friendly smile, welcome social contact and a check that people are “safe and well”, which is invaluable to both clients and their families.
“Meals on Wheels is more than just a meal. We empower people and encourage independence. Our customers count on us for affordable, tasty meals and friendly contact so they can continue living in their own homes.” Mrs Broer said MoWSA couldn’t deliver its much-needed community service without the support of volunteers.
“Our inspiring and dedicated team of volunteers are the driving force behind our service. We couldn’t do what we do without their ongoing support and commitment,” she said.
“MoWSA’s upcoming anniversary celebrations, including National Meals on Wheels Day on 27 August, will be a fitting tribute to each and every one of them.
“To have reached 60 years is an exceptional achievement – much to do with the visionary work of our founder Doris Taylor. Her words, ideas and plans are still relevant today and so we look to the future with great excitement.
“MoWSA is a vibrant organisation that exists to satisfy the needs of our customers and community. Here’s to the next 60.”
Meals on Wheels SA (MoWSA) is the largest community-based volunteer organisation in South Australia, with a commitment to helping customers live independently in their homes.
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