John Karlick has been a volunteer with Meals on Wheels for 15 years. (ABC Radio Sydney: Amanda Hoh)
At 86 years old, John Karlick says he has “nothing better to do” with his time but to get involved in community groups and charities.
He might be flippant about his work, but his dedication has seen him spend 15 years volunteering for the City of Sydney’s Meals on Wheels service.
It makes him the oldest and longest-serving volunteer in the program’s history.
“It gives me something to do. I enjoy it rather than messing around at home,” Mr Karlick said.
“We make sure that if people don’t answer the door, and that certainly does happen, we’ve got to check and follow up.”
Wednesday marks National Meals on Wheels Day, but it is also the 60th anniversary of the first Meals on Wheels operation in New South Wales.
The first Meals on Wheels service in NSW operated out of Sydney Town Hall in 1957. (Supplied: City of Sydney archives)
In 1957 eight volunteers in the Sydney Town Hall kitchen cooked 150 meals in its first week to deliver to older residents and people with a disability.
Today, there are 30 volunteers in the City of Sydney service who deliver 1,000 meals per week across the local area.
“The meal is probably the least important thing with the service,” chief executive of Meals on Wheels NSW Les…
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