Sunday, March 28, 2010 President Joan Cadman

Christmas started early in July at Cairns Meals on Wheels when we took posession of two brand new vehicles for the daily meal runs. Both were bought with a grant from The Queensland Government Gambling Community Benefit Fund

One of the new vehicles..... ready to go !

There were smiles all round as Santa delivered special treats during this year's Christmas Recipients' Luncheon where Hazel Schipke and her band provided trips down memory lane, playing old favourites for our luncheon guests.

Hazel at the keyboard

With an appreciative audience

Our two hard-working and talented chefs, Franz and Bruno delivered a magnificent Christmas Dinner to 120 of our wonderful volunteers with music from Hazel and her band again adding to the festive scene.

A special occasion for some very special people.

Franz and Bruno serving the main course

with desert to follow

at Barlow Park

Local businessman, Foster Lee hosted a delicious dinner at Limmey's Restaurant, Cairns for Meals on Wheels volunteers as an acknowledgment of their selfless generosity in donating their services free of charge to Cairns Meals on Wheels.

A big thank-you from Meals on Wheels to Foster Lee

Mr Lee.

and some of his guests

Vale Ivy Darcey 1931--2010


It is with tears in our eyes and heavy hearts that we say a sad farewell to Volunteer Ivy Darcey, who died unexpectedly on February 9 this year. Ivy's enthusiasm for everything she did for us--big and small-- was contagious and an inspiration for all who knew her.

She will be greatly missed at Cairns Meals on Wheels.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

40th Anniversary Celebration, 18th August 2009

Luncheon venue Barlow Park function room awaiting guests arrival

President Joan, centre, with QMOW guests from Brisbane admiring historical display

Celebration cake made and generously donated by Plaza Cake Shop, Manoora

Guests listening to President Joan's welcoming speech

VIP retired volunteers ready for lunch

Lighting up the sparklers

A team effort cutting the cake

Ex volunteer Rod Fenton, 95 years of age, blows the candle out !

Vera and her companion


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Waggons Roll !

Every morning during the week, Cairns volunteers. most with their own vehicles, deliver hot meals to people unable for various reasons to provide their own. All meals are delivered between 11 am and 1 pm.

Monday to friday, 10.30 AM. Volunteers' vehicles awaiting meals containers,
(hot and cold Eskies)

Volunteers loading hot meals box.

Loading styrofoam boxes containing frozen meals for the weekend.

Volunteers showing carry-box for individual meal delivery

11 am. Meals on Wheels vehicles are packed and ready to go.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Thank you to Cairns Regional Council

The council members were invited to Barlow Park for lunch in the function room above the kitchen, where meals for our recipients are prepared daily

The meal they were served was exactly the same as those delivered to our recipients on that day. It consisted of:

Carrot and Ginger Soup
Roast Chicken and Vegetables
Apple Crumble and Custard
Served with a glass of wine followed by Coffee or Tea

President Joan took this opportunity to present to the council our inaugural Community Partner Award, given only to those people or organisations who work with us over a period as partners in various endeavours to assist the community.

Thursday, March 12, 2009



Thank you to all those energetic volunteers who helped with the removal from Barlow Park.

More than just a well-earned cuppa

They were treated to a slap-up meal at the Golden Boat restaurant by
local business man, Foster Lee, Chartered Accountant.

Mr Lee said "Meals on Wheels, Cairns volunteers do so much for the community, I just wanted to do something for them."

In appreciation of his generosity, he was presented with the inaugural Cairns Meals on Wheels Friendship award


Thursday, January 15, 2009


Cairns Meals on Wheels moves to Barlow Park
Christmas 2008

We are a volunteer organisation, staffed by a diverse group of willing people, some of whom are pictured here during the move from Cannon Park to bigger and better facilities at Barlow Park Stadium.

The generosity of The Cairns Regional Council has made this move possible, enabling us to continue to deliver meals and offer human contact to people who can no longer fully take care of themselves.

A good wash down for a nice, clean start

Here come the trucks !

Big and small

Nice, clean, empty shelves

Not for long

Spick and span inside and out

More to come !

Hey Beth.....where do you want this lot ?

and these?

Ha Ha ! I'll leave you to it

It all fits.....just !

Time for a well-earned break

and a cuppa

By Jove ! I think we've done it !

We're we can hang up the sign