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The ‘heroes’ of the Meals on Wheels services will be recognised for their contribution to the local community on national Meals on Wheels Day.

The annual celebration, on Wednesday August 25, recognises the work of 45,000 volunteers across 590 locations.

In the last 12 months Gippsland Lakes Complete Health’s team of dedicated local heroes volunteered their time to deliver over 15,000 meals to clients living in Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and Paynesville.

But it’s more than just a meal…

It’s the friendly chat that most people wouldn’t have had unless the Meals on Wheels volunteers stopped by.

It’s the sense of independence that the clients can maintain by having a meal delivery service available to them.

It’s the peace of mind for family and friends that their loved ones are being looked after.

GLCH CEO, Anne-Maree Kaser thanked the volunteers for their efforts.

“It’s great to shine the spotlight on our volunteers who assist us to nourish local communities both nutritionally and socially on a daily basis,” Ms Kaser said.

“Regardless of the emergency, devastating bushfires, or in a pandemic, our volunteers continue to show up and deliver life-changing support.”

GLCH is always on the hunt for more dedicated local volunteers that would be willing to give up just a few hours of their time to assist with meal deliveries.

“You can volunteer as much or as little time as you want – once a week, once a fortnight, once a month – whatever the contribution, it makes all the difference to our Meals on Wheels program and its ability to serve local communities.”

To find out more about these opportunities, contact Janet Taylor, volunteer coordinator on 5155 8300 or visit https://glch.org.au/get-involved/volunteer/