Receiving Life Membership Awards at Grafton Meals on Wheels were Lorna Smidt, 47 years service, Gloria Campbell, 47 years service, and Lesley Smith, 46 years service.
Receiving Life Membership Awards at Grafton Meals on Wheels were Lorna Smidt, 47 years service, Gloria Campbell, 47 years service, and Lesley Smith, 46 years service.

Have meals, will go the distance

THINGS have changed quite a bit since Lorna Smidt, Gloria Campbell and Lesley Smith began volunteering for Grafton district Meals on Wheels in the mid-1960s.

The trio swapped amusing tales of close to five decades of service yesterday after receiving their Life Membership badges.

Stories of meals falling out of cars and being scattered over roads, others delivered to the wrong addresses (the recipient stashing the bounty in his freezer) and others being prepared by a local pub when there was a miscount on one occasion were just part of the fun.

On a serious note, all three of the veteran volunteers said it felt good knowing they were providing comfort to someone who needed it - not only through food.

"There are so many people on their own, they don't see people very much ... we check on them and can report if they've had a fall or something," said Gloria.

All three said they had no intention of retiring.

"You've got to keep going while you can," said Lorna. "You'll know when it's time to give up."

Grafton Meals on Wheels manager Rhonda Raven said the centre delivered 2250 hot meals per month as well as frozen meals and breakfast packages to clients, who included the sick, elderly and those recovering from serious illness.



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