Mr MATT KEAN ( Hornsby ) ( 13:11 ): I am not alone when I say that many of our community organisations would not be the same without volunteers. In 2016 Meals on Wheels in Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai celebrated its fifty-fifth birthday. Meals on Wheels cooks and delivers hot meals to housebound residents across the North Shore. However, its work does not stop there. It reaches out and makes a difference to the days of hundreds of Australians by providing bright and friendly smiles and conversations with every nutritious meal. Whilst Meals on Wheels celebrates its fifty-fifth year of service to the Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai communities, it would be remiss not to acknowledge the four decades of service given by eight of its hardworking and dedicated volunteers. Those volunteers are Jenny Clarke, Padmini O'Brien, Barb Jessep, Jessie Bond, Margaret Lander, Mary Wallace, Bev Chapman and Barb Wood. Volunteering is an integral part of the Australian community and Meals on Wheels provides more than 105,000 meals per year in Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai alone. I commend not only current volunteers but also former volunteers for giving their time and compassion to prepare meals, provide company and check in on the wellbeing of their clients. I thank them for all they do for our community.
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