Norma's delighted at blue care icons

NORMA Holden has plenty to keep her busy.

The Meals on Wheels and the Biloela Visitor Information Centre volunteer also does craft, plays cards and watches her 12-year-old grandson play rugby league with much of her time.

But Norma loves helping at Biloela Blue Care on Thursdays.

She became a volunteer about six months ago after reading in the Central Telegraph that they needed people to help.

Norma was further encouraged by her friend Shirley Matheson, who also volunteers for Blue Care.

“I just love it,” Norma said.

“We just have a yarn with the clients and give them a cuppa.

“We go on different outings with the clients - movies, Morning Melodies, lunches and morning teas out in the country,” said the 68-year-old volunteer.

Norma described the Blue Care staff as lovely people who do a great service in the Banana Shire.

“Plus Kerry's (staff member Kerry Ellston) scones are lovely too!”

Norma encouraged other people who had a few spare hours on Mondays or Thursdays to volunteer at Blue Care.

“Because one day we might need their help.”

Norma was delighted with the news last week that Blue Care services in Biloela, Moura and Monto were among 260 Blue Care centres across the state to be honoured in the 2009 Queensland Great Awards and Q150 Queensland icon awards last week.

The not-for-profit organisation joined five Queenslanders on the list of Queensland Greats as part of the 2009 Queensland Week celebrations.

It is one of only four institutions to make the list since it began in 2001.

Blue Care executive director Stephen Muggleton said the awards honoured all local Blue Care services and staff and strengthened Blue Care's position as Australia's largest not-for-profit provider of community health and residential aged care.

“They not only help people remain independent in their homes, they play an integral part in maintaining the social fabric of Queensland by keeping families and communities together,” Mr Muggleton said.

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