Community spirit alive and well in times of crisis

Despite the unprecedented circumstances, community spirit remains alive and well in Coolum, according to Ninderry MP Dan Purdie.

Mr Purdie said he was impressed to see business and community members respond quickly when the Coolum Meals on Wheels put out an SOS for a commercial freezer recently.

“Due to new regulations impacting on the way Coolum Meals on Wheels delivers food to its customers, they were urgently looking for a freezer to help store the increased volume of prepared meals,” Mr Purdie said.

With cafes, clubs and restaurants forced to close, Mr Purdie said freezer space is in short supply, as they’ve had to freeze a lot of their stock.

“Fortunately though, Mark Cameron from Coolum Business and Tourism Association came to the rescue, offering the loan of a freezer he wasn’t using.

“Local Coolum business Kings Removals then offered to move the upright freezer at no cost, which was of immense help to the service, which relies heavily on volunteer help.

Mr Purdie also acknowledged local business owners Gary and Michelle Craig of Rent a ColdRoom, who have also provided Meals on Wheels with a mobile freezer at a greatly reduced rate, despite the business being hard hit by the current restrictions.

Coolum Surf Club also offered to assist, supplying perishable food and additional help in the kitchen when required.

Coolum Meals on Wheels President Rob Cobb said he was overwhelmed by the generosity of locals.

“Our local community responded so quickly to our call for help during these difficult times, and we are extremely grateful,” Mr Cobb said.

“Given the current crisis, demand for meal deliveries has never been greater, and because we rely so heavily on our volunteers, who are predominantly older folk, it’s been quite a challenge for us to adapt.

“To see so much support and willingness to help is so reassuring, and a great reflection of just what a wonderful community we are part of here in Coolum.”