ENTERTAINING FOR A MEAL (Well, in a Way)
I’m sure that most would be familiar with the old saying, “Sing for your Supper” and, when the Golden Entertainers take to the stage at the Bribie Island Activities Centre on August 8th, they won’t actually be singing for their own supper, but they will be using their voices to entertain as a way to raise funds which will assist our local Meals on Wheels Association to keep delivering meals to over four hundred clients.
Bribie Island Meals on Wheels is a volunteer operated organisation which was founded in 1974 and since that time has been providing nutritious meals to not only those in their senior years but also to people who are either recovering from a serious illness or surgery, have a disability or need assistance due to special circumstances. As well as being a way for those who use the service to receive regular meals, Meals on Wheels also provides an opportunity for clients to be given a daily visit to check on their welfare and in some instances, is the only visit that the person will get that day.
Whilst the organisation receives partial government funding of five dollars per meal, a spokesperson explained that each meal costs about fifteen dollars to provide, therefore resulting in the necessity of donations from community organisations. As I have remarked in many previous articles, our community relies heavily on those who readily give their time and in some cases, their finances, to help those who need it and the volunteers who keep Meals on Wheels operating are certainly no exception.
As well as the sixty-seven delivery drivers, Bribie Island Meals on Wheels relies on the help of three administrative staff and another seventeen working in the kitchen. Anyone who has previously been to a concert given by the Golden Entertainers will be aware of the talent displayed by the women and men in the group and therefore will also know that their concerts are always very well attended. The August 8th affair will surely be no different and Entertainers Publicity Officer Betty McEwan told me that the afternoon will provide not only some great musical entertainment but also a chance for those who attend to win something in either the raffles or the lucky door prize.
She said that all monies raised will go to Meals on Wheels. The concert will be held at the Bribie Island Activities Centre (formerly The Golden Age Centre) and will commence at 1.30 pm. The entry cost of ten dollars will include refreshments and if anyone would like to find out more, they can call Betty Farren-Price on 5497 5992, Jodie Pinnington on 3408 1721 or Cora Box on 0447 144 725.