Last supper for selfless volunteer

For more than 40 years, Kerrie Beatty has personally delivered meals to those in need.

Selfless dedication: Meals on Wheels will lose a dedicated volunteer when Kerrie Beatty calls time on her service this Thursday. Picture: Simon Bennett

Selfless dedication: Meals on Wheels will lose a dedicated volunteer when Kerrie Beatty calls time on her service this Thursday. Picture: Simon Bennett

But this Thursday, May 18, Mrs Beatty will ride along with her Campbelltown Meals on Wheels colleagues for the last time.

She will leave behind four decades of fond memories.

Mrs Beatty said she was asked by a neighbour to get involved with the charity in the 1970s and jumped at the chance.

“My dear friend and neighbour was one of the people that started up Meals on Wheels,” she said.

“She asked ‘would you like to do it with me’ and I said ‘yes’.

“I thought I’d like to put myself out there and help out.”

The Macarthur Gardens resident juggled her time helping out the organisation, raising three kids and doing the books for her husband’s business.

Sometimes she was able to kill two birds with one stone.

“My little boy, who was four at the time, used to sit in his car seat in the back while we went out,” she said.

While the main purpose was to provide a much-needed meal, Mrs Beatty said the workers catered for some clients in other ways.

“There was one dear lady in particular who was aged in her late 80s or early 90s,” she said.

“She used to say ‘I don’t like the meals very much but I like to talk’.

“So we used to leave her until last and have a chat with her.

“She was beautiful and it was nice to put a smile on someone’s face.”

Mrs Beatty said she would miss her “beautiful friends” from Meals on Wheels and the organisation itself, which had “become a part of my life”.

Residents interested in taking up Mrs Beatty’s mantle should contact Meals on Wheels.

There are branches in Campbelltown, Camden and Picton and they are always looking for volunteers with some time up their sleeves.

Volunteers provide a variety of services including shopping, library and meal deliveries.

To learn more or register your interest in volunteering, visit nswmealsonwheels.org.au.

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