Meals on Wheels celebrate Christmas in August

DONATION: Branch president Dough Mortan, SolarReserve's Louise Foote and branch Treasurer Kym Austin.
DONATION: Branch president Dough Mortan, SolarReserve's Louise Foote and branch Treasurer Kym Austin.

It’s Christmas in August for Meals on Wheels Port Augusta as they finally put SolarReserves’ holiday donation to use.

Welcoming three new trollies to the office, branch president Doug Morton couldn’t be happier with the new additions. 

“The old ones squeak and squeak – they were very old,” Mr Morton said.

“So we purchased three trollies to replace the ones we had been using in the kitchen and put SolarReserve’s name on it as a sponsorship thing.”

Costing a total of $250 each, the branch still has plenty of money left over from the $2500 donation.

A donation that Mr Mortan said initially came as a surprise.

“Normally if you want something you have got to go and sort of beg for it, but they approached us,” he said.

“This was a really nice gesture from SolarReserve to our branch and we are more than thankful to have it, we are honoured to have it.”

A plaque commemorating the donation can be found on each of the three trollies.

A plaque commemorating the donation can be found on each of the three trollies.

Since October 2017, SolarReserve have committed over $46000 in sponsorship and donations in Port Augusta alone.

SolarReserve Australian Communications and Government Relations Manager Louise Foote said although it’s taken a while to get the trollies, the teams is keen to see if there’s a way they can assist Meals on Wheels again this year. 

“It’s such a worthy cause ... there are so many different areas where they could use the funding,” Ms Foote said.

“We donated quite a bit of money During the Christmas Appeal to a variety of different organisations around Port Augusta.

“We spoke to our team in America and they were very supportive of Meals on Wheels and very excited to be apart of it.”

National Meals on Wheels Day falls on August 29 this year, recognising the network of volunteers considered to be the backbone of the organisation. 

Support from local Meals on Wheels services makes a difference in improving health outcomes while reducing health and aged care costs.

As well as delivering tasty and nourishing meals that are designed to meet the nutritional needs of older people, Meals on Wheels volunteers bring a daily dose of companionship and human connection, and peace of mind for clients and their families.

“It’s not a hard task. If you like people then you can’t help but like being involved in Meals on Wheels,” Mr Mortan said, admitting the branch is struggling to find volunteers.

“We have got other people doing three or four times a week – god bless them – we don’t want them all to go, but it looks like we are going to lose a few more in the next few weeks.”

If you wish to volunteer or know someone who might need Meals on Wheels, call 0409 002 582 or visit www.mealsonwheelssa.org.au.