Christmas celebration recognises volunteer contributions

Karen Lowe, Aaron Hoffmann, Maryann Peatey, Lyn Haggan and Susan Pannet
07 December 2018

About 100 volunteers, staff and guests enjoyed festive celebrations at the Suncare Christmas party in Maroochydore last Saturday 1 December.

The lunch was a thank you for Suncare’s dedicated volunteers who donate their time through Suncare’s Meals on Wheels, community transport and day respite services.

CEO Russell Mason said volunteers were an integral part of Suncare’s care delivery business.

“We genuinely appreciate the commitment and dedication of our volunteers - our programs could not run effectively without those who generously give their time to support these vital services.”

Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver hot meals daily to over 400 clients, including 200 veterans, their partners and families. 

Volunteers in the kitchen help with a range of tasks including assisting chefs with meal and dessert preparation, cooking and making sandwiches. Volunteers also pack meals and help with general kitchen duties.

Mr Mason said Suncare provided more than 200 transport services across Rockhampton, Caboolture and Sunshine Coast Regions each day.

“Volunteers transport elderly people to appointments, shopping, visiting family and friends, enabling those who no longer drive or catch public transport to stay in their homes longer and still get out and about to do the things they enjoy,” he said.

Every day, Day Respite volunteers assist elderly people to participate in activities such as singing, art, bingo, bowling and outings. Volunteers help with a variety of interesting and fun programs five days a week.

“Both our clients and volunteers benefit from the daily contact and the caring, supportive nature of helping one another. These friendly visits change the lives of many isolated and lonely people,” Mr Mason said.

The Meals on Wheels team catered for the Christmas party, with support from Office HQ members who helped with serving. Local band Totally Charlie provided musical entertainment for the guests, which included State Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson.

Several local businesses supported the event with gifts and raffle prizes to show the volunteers the community’s appreciation.

Photo: Karen Lowe, Aaron Hoffmann, Maryann Peatey, Lyn Haggan and Susan Pannet.

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