Doug Hooson, winner of Northern Rivers Senior Volunteer of the Year award for his Meals On Wheels work, sets out on a delivery run. Photo: Adam Hourigan
Doug Hooson, winner of Northern Rivers Senior Volunteer of the Year award for his Meals On Wheels work, sets out on a delivery run. Photo: Adam Hourigan

Volunteer Doug happy on the road

A LOT of the people Grafton Meals on Wheels driver Doug Hooson sees on his rounds tell him he should be eating the meals he brings, not delivering them.

At 86 Doug is often much older than his clients, but as he puts it: "If I hadn't started up this when I knocked off (retired), I'd be in a box by now."

His efforts have not gone unnoticed, with Doug picking up the 2011 Northern Rivers Senior Volunteer of the Year award announced last week in Grafton.

Doug has been a volunteer with Meals On Wheels for the past 21 years, performing a wide range of valuable tasks including preparing vegetables, delivering to out-of-town clients, dishing up client meals, putting all the cans and signage away and every three out of five days he makes another run to deliver meals throughout town.

His nominator, Rhonda Raven, said: "Doug deserves this award as he is 86 years of age, still has his driver's licence, never complains and nothing is too much trouble for him. His sense of humour keeps everyone on their toes and in a happy mood".

Lawrence Mearing of Tucabia was awarded the 2011 Northern Rivers Highly Commended Award for volunteering with Ulmarra Public School for the past two-and-a-half years.

Robyn Hampton of Grafton from The New School of Arts Neighbourhood House; Daphne Maughan of Grafton from Grafton Art Club; and Robert Simkus of South Grafton from Anglicare North Coast, were candidates for the award.



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