Queensland twins Fay Phillips and Rae Thomas have been able to continue living in their own homes thanks in part to a vital community service.

Key points:

  • Nonagenarian twins credit Meals on Wheels for enabling them to live independently at their Hervey Bay homes
  • Meals on Wheels is powered by 10,000 volunteers and delivers 2.5 million meals each year
  • The ABC Qld Gives appeal aims to raise $200,000 to give people in need a free meal this Christmas

At 94, the Hervey Bay sisters — who both lost their husbands years ago — said the work done by the volunteers at Meals on Wheels has allowed them to retain their independence.

“This is important. If we don’t get this help we’d have to go into care. It just boosts us up,” Ms Thomas said.

The twice-weekly meals, which are prepared locally in the town, could be the secret to their longevity.

“We are both very healthy so we must be getting proper nutrition from the meals,” Ms Phillips said.

Thanks to the meals, both sisters have remained active in the community; Ms Phillips as a recognised artist and Ms Thomas who knits for charity.

More than just a meal

Kate McKee has been delivering twice-weekly meals to the twins in their separate homes for about 10 years.

The sisters look forward to her visits.

a woman in her seventies with grey and pink hair and a bright t shirt stands next to a meals on wheels van

Kate McKee is a volunteer driver and committee member who delivers meals to the sisters.(ABC Wide Bay: Scott Lamond)

“[Kate is] very bright and cheery, we have fun. Kate always pops in and makes sure we are all right,” said the sisters.

For Ms McKee, it has been a privilege.

“Obviously, we must be doing something right,” Ms McKee said.

Ms McKee juggles her role as a volunteer delivery driver with her work on the management committee at Meals on Wheels Fraser Community in Hervey Bay.

“I get more out of it than I give,” she said.

“When I go home and have a cup of coffee and say, ‘gee, that was a good day’.”

How $10 could provide a meal this Christmas

Volunteer driver Ian Brandon said Meals on Wheels directly impacted on the lives of people such as Ms Thomas and Ms Phillips.

“Dig deep! There’s a lot of people around Queensland that could do with your help,” Mr Brandon said.

three people sit in a car, a man is in the drivers seat and two elderly women sit in the passenger and back seat

Fae and Ray with Meals on Wheels Fraser Community Management Committee Member, Ian Brandon.(ABC Wide Bay: Scott Lamond)

Following what has been a difficult year for many, ABC Radio needs your help to support our local community with ABC Queensland Gives, supporting Meals on Wheels Queensland.

Donate now at abc.net.au/qldgives

All of the funds raised will go directly to Meals on Wheels Queensland to support our fellow Queenslanders who need an extra helping hand. Together, we can help to give a meal to Queenslanders and their families in need over the holiday season.

Meal deliveries allow these 94yo twins to live independently. ABC Qld would like you to help others like them
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