It was a scrumptious Christmas celebratory lunch with the annual Coolum Beach Meals on Wheels Christmas BBQ lunch hosted within the grounds of the centre on Santa Monica Avenue. The annual lunch is a way for the community organisation to say thank you to their volunteers and to celebrate their clients, some of whom do not have family at all or nearby. Pictured are volunteers Lou, Roscoe, Butch, Cathy, Tracey and Barbs. Photo: Vanessa Hall  

“You’re family to us!”- Meals on Wheels thanks clients and volunteers. 

WORD around Coolum is that the annual Coolum Beach Meals On Wheels Christmas BBQ is THE lunch to be at and this year’s event which was held on Tuesday, December 12 did not disappoint.  

President Sue Green stated that the lunch this year was the biggest one yet.  

“We did such a good job last year that everyone wants to come back again this year to see what we are doing, and we have changed the menu up a bit for this year,” Sue said.  

Gone is an all BBQ lunch to make way for slow-cooked sticky ribs, marinated chicken, vegetarian patties, pork and apple sausages as well as celebratory champagne, beer, and soft drinks.  

When asked why the huge lunch was hosted each year, Sue stated that it was to make their clients feel special and to say thanks to their volunteers.  

“We consider ourselves a part of the community and we want to make our clients feel that they are part of a family as many either don’t have family or their family is not nearby.” 

“It’s also a way for everyone to meet each other and see our facility – the clients can meet other clients and just be a part of our community.” 

Meals on Wheels does not take a break and with Monday each week being their biggest day and Christmas falling this year on a Monday the team of volunteers under the direction of head chef Troy will be in the kitchen.  

“A full Christmas dinner is going out to all of our clients who have signed up for it and due to our wonderful community we have enough volunteers to deliver those meals.”  

If you would like to volunteer with Coolum Beach Meals on Wheels in 2024 please contact the office on 5446 1000.

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