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Monday, 18 June 2001
Page: 27691

Mr RIPOLL (1:51 PM) —It was with great pleasure that on Saturday, 16 June I attended the 20th anniversary of Woogaroo Meals On Wheels. This organisation in my electorate does an absolutely fantastic job of providing not only meals to people in need but also companionship and a quality of life that certain people need to remain in their homes. I would like to put on the record that a number of people were recipients of badges for 20 years of service. These were Noela Chalk, Wendy Gooding, Lyn Brown and Margaret Hart. Twenty years as a volunteer in any organisation is a great feat, but in the International Year of the Volunteer I thought it was especially appropriate that these people be recorded in this place.

The service extends right throughout my electorate in places like Wacol, Dinmore-Riverview, Goodna, Camira, Carole Park, Redbank Plains and Springfield. There are over 50 volunteers in this group, with up to a dozen people working every day, and only one person employed, a full-time cook working four days a week. There are 60 meals a day organised by this wonderful group of people. I would like to take the opportunity to also say thank you very much for their invitation to me to participate. I particularly want to thank the president, Laurie Boyne; the treasurer, Joan Preece; the volunteer roster captain, Margaret Hart; and the secretary, Susan Boyne. These people really are the champions in our community. They are the ones that tirelessly work day in, day out. Their only reward, their only compensation, is the good feeling they get to know they have done a great job. (Time expired)