Shining light on efforts of ‘hard-working’ volunteers

Meals on Wheels legend Lynn Quinn who accepted a certificate of recognition from Mayor Bilal El-Hayek

AN opportunity to acknowledge, thank and shine a light on the important work of volunteers, International Volunteer Day (December 5), saw many local groups getting together to honour some of the hardest working members of the community.

Longtime volunteer and Justice of the Peace stalwart Spiro Spiros thanked on International Volunteer Day.

The theme was ‘If Everyone Did’ – imagine more than eight billion of us volunteering?
There would be limitless possibilities for sustainable food development, education for everyone, a clean environment, inclusive and peaceful societies, and more. Lynn Quinn, 80, was one of 15 long-serving volunteers at Canterbury Bankstown’s Meals on Wheels annual award presentation.
In 2023 alone, Bankstown Meals on Wheels volunteers delivered over 38,000 meals to 145 recipients.
Serving meals with a smile since 1973, Ms Quinn has set a service record and says she has no plans to slow down.
“I joined when I was secretary of the Sefton Ladies Club. There were six of us who signed up and I’m the surviving one,” she said.
“The original volunteer who introduced us to Meals on Wheels was here for 47 years.
“When I got to the 47 years, I said my ambition now is that I set the record of 50 years. And now that I’ve got here, I want to keep going as long as I can.”
Also enjoying performing a free service for the community, Spiro Spiros has been a Justice of the Peace for 51 years, working mainly at Bass Hill Plaza but also for customers while working at a bank and being a golf club member.
“It’s no big deal, it’s just nice to be able to do something for someone,” he said.
“It feels good, if you’ve got some free time, I thoroughly recommend volunteering.”