Meet a Local Volunteer – Pat Perry

Name: Pat Perry

Where do you volunteer? Pat volunteers at the Gladstone Branch of the Cancer Council Queensland and is a long-term stalwart of the Gladstone Meals on Wheels team. Her husband Colin is also a great local volunteer, working on the Harbour Festival and National Seniors committees.

She also has a rescue greyhound ‘from out behind the Condamine’. During his racing career, he won purses totalling $14,000, but now he sleeps for sixteen hours a day: “If we want to see him race, we can look on YouTube,” Pat said.

When did you start volunteering there?

Pat started volunteering at the Cancer Council Queensland in 2002 and is currently the vice-chairperson and treasurer of the Gladstone Branch. The CCQ raises funds and awareness for cancer research with events such as the recent Pink Ribbon breakfast, Relay for Life and Daffodil Day.

She has been with Meals on Wheels since 1977, an incredible forty years of delivering meals and providing company to our community’s frail and elderly residents.

What do you do there?

“I’ve been doing MOW for about forty years. My neighbour and I just decided we’d start doing it. It was there long before we started too,” Pat said.

“We used to cook the meals in the old “Pressie Hall” and we had a slow combustion stove. If you were short in those days you just had to go to Chirpy Chicken and get another meal.”

“We do it up at Eden Vale now and we do meal delivery. Between you and me, the meals were great when they were cooked on the slow-combustion stove and the soup was to die for.”

What is your favourite thing about volunteering?

The highlight for me this year was the Pink Ribbon Breakfast and parcel-wrap. I met so many lovely people.

What would you say to encourage others to volunteer?

You meet some great people, make a lot of friends and hopefully make a small difference.