Maroochy Quays

Keeping Meals on Wheels dessert-ready

Keeping Meals on Wheels dessert-ready

COOKING UP DELICIOUS DESSERTS FOR MEALS ON WHEELS TO DISTRIBUTE IS A ONCE-A-WEEK ACTIVITY FOR GEMLIFE MAROOCHY QUAYS HOMEOWNER AND VOLUNTEER JOHN HUNTER.

On Tuesday mornings between 6:30 and 10:30, John can be found whipping up some amazing desserts for grateful Meals on Wheels Maroochydore recipients across the Sunshine Coast.

“I make up to about 60 desserts each morning, most of which we freeze so they can be delivered to our clients. Some are also on hand for people in need who drop into our community centre at Maroochydore,” said John, who previously worked for the charity full time from 1995 to 2005 as a chef.

After retirement and moving into the GemLife Maroochy Quays over-50s lifestyle resort, John who trained in small business catering at TAFE and also taught in the Army Reserves training kitchen, was only too happy to volunteer his services to Meals on Wheels.

For a time, he also worked for Queensland Catering preparing corporate box meals at Lang Park.

Anzac Day saw John and partner, Kay, head for Birdsville as volunteers for the military Veterans Push to the Bush Anzac Trek in an effort to take the Spirit of Anzac out to school children and others in regional areas.

“Ex-servicemen and women have been doing this for 22 years. We all help make bears wearing military uniforms to give to kids up to grade six as a memento of our visit,” said John.

“Nothing would work without volunteers, and anyone can do it. Also, you never know when you might need some help yourself. If people just gave a little bit of their time, imagine how many more people it would help.”