VOLUNTEERING FRIENDS: Meals on Wheels volunteers, Dave and Sue Sydee with Meleta Wood, Ballina shire Meals on Wheels coordinator, getting reading for a high tea fundraiser.
VOLUNTEERING FRIENDS: Meals on Wheels volunteers, Dave and Sue Sydee with Meleta Wood, Ballina shire Meals on Wheels coordinator, getting reading for a high tea fundraiser. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Meals on Wheels provides a chance for friendship

FOR Dave and Sue Sydee, volunteering with Ballina Shire Meals on Wheels is about more than simply delivering a meal.

It's about forming friendships and connections with people in the community.

That's what has kept the pair volunteering with the organisation for more than a decade.

"We just really really enjoy doing it," Mrs Sydee said.

"They look forward to their daily visit where they can have a chat… and we definitely look forward to it.

"We spend as much time as we can with those who want to chat with you."

Meals on Wheels is an Australia-wide organisation that helps a range of different people in the community including seniors, people with disabilities, people recovering after surgery, and carers.

The Ballina Shire Meals on Wheels branch will hold its first ever fundraiser Thursday, next week, on June 18.

Service coordinator Meleta Wood said the fundraiser would be used to support the More than just a meal service and help raise awareness for the organisation.

She said the More than just a meal program delivered special hampers to clients on Easter and Christmas and provided storm and extreme heat information packs in conjunction with the SES.

It also runs additional activities like coffee club outings for clients.

Ms Wood said the other reason for the fundraiser was to raise awareness of the organisation in the community.

"By holding a fundraiser and inviting the whole community to come, then they will find out more about what we do and send referrals along or volunteer for us," she said.



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