Joan Benbow's walkabout life

22 November 2018

Meals on Wheels customer Joan Benbow had dedicated her life to helping others.  Joan sadly passed away on November 13, however, her family were happy for us to share her story.

At 95, Joan was determined to tell the world about her colourful life in her fourth book, A Walkabout Life, at her book launch in September at Coast Life Midwifery in Maroochydore.

By the age of 24, Joan was a Postulant to the Order of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, she had already completed a year at business college, was a qualified nurse and midwife. It was with these skills she vowed to help humanity as a nursing sister.

Joan went into many health-related fields; child care, palliative care and even dentistry, following the footsteps of her Grandfather Clement Benbow and father Burchell Benbow, both pioneers of dentistry in Sydney.
“Everybody should have a right to good health,” said Joan, whose devotion guided her to build health centres in outback Australia and Papua New Guinea.
It wasn’t until after retirement Joan became writing, “before then I wouldn’t have had the time” she laughed.

Throughout the years, our volunteers and staff have enjoyed the privilege of chatting with Joan and learning about her life, hobbies and books during the daily home-delivery service.

In her true caring nature, all royalties from the sales of A Walkabout Life are being donated to the homeless on the Sunshine Coast via St Vincent de Paul.

Joan's book has now sold out but plans to make it an eBook are under discussion.

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