Meals on Wheels helper for 45 years

Forty-five year’s service, Judith Liersch; 30 year’s service, Angela Bockmann; 40 year’s service, Glenys Siegele.

Judith Liersch, with 45 year’s service to Barossa Valley branch of Meals on Wheels together with Glenys Siegele, 40 year’s service and Angela Bockman with 30 year’s service were amongest the longest serving volunteers recognised at a special ceremony.

The loyalty of Barossa Valley Meals on Wheels Volunteers was recognised at the Annual Volunteer Award Presentation at the Vine Inn Barossa Communtiy Hotel, Nuriootpa on October 29.

Over 80 volunteers attend the annual event to join the celebration.

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Thirty-eight volunteers were presented with Years of Service Awards by Mayor Bim Lange and Mark Kearns from Meals on Wheels South Australia.

Two volunteers were original volunteers when the service first started in the Barossa 47 years ago.

The iconic Meals on Wheels service delivers a “Bundle of Joy” to people living in the region who are having difficulty shopping or preparing for meals or who may be at risk of malnutrition due to frailty, chronic illness or disability.

Ms Heather Richardson,  Barossa Branch Chairman described what “Bundle of Joy” consisted of.

She stated that we should never under-estimate the value to families of our service, not just the meal but the well-being check and social contact.

“We offer peace of mind to families who know that we will contact them if we have concerns or can’t find them at home,” added Ms Richardson.

Volunteers doing admin work were acknowledged and offers from anyone interested in learning more or wanting to join the team would be welcome.

Guest speaker for the day was Ms Julie Combe, Chairman of the Barossa Area Fundraisers for Cancer Inc.