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It’s a frosty Friday morning and David Flack is in his favourite place - the driver’s seat.
Already this year, David has driven around New Zealand twice, and his resume includes a six-year stint as a school bus driver.
“I like to drive - I do a lot of it,” he admits.
But unlike some, David spends a lot of his time on the road for a good cause. As Red Cross’ Meals on Wheels and Community Transport Coordinator for Invercargill, David’s official role is to organise the services and volunteers. However, he still manages to get behind the wheel and deliver some of the meals himself.
It’s something he’s been doing for the past 25 years, and he doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon.
“The people are my priority. I love doing something for the community.”
Red Cross has been delivering Meals on Wheels in New Zealand since 1953. Volunteers drop by with hot and healthy meals for people who, because of illness, age or disability, might struggle to cook for themselves.
Last year, David’s team delivered 23,000 meals, including Christmas dinner, to people in Invercargill. But it’s not just about the food. Along with a hot meal, Red Cross delivers independence and a bit of friendly cheer to people who are often socially isolated and lonely.
It’s something that’s greatly appreciated in the community, Dave says.
“The people receiving the meals love to see us. For some of them, it’s the only social contact they have.”
There are nine drivers volunteering their time in Invercargill, some of them travelling a fair distance from rural communities to help. There’s always room for a few more volunteers, David says - and loving driving isn’t a necessity.Meals on Wheels is offered in communities across New Zealand. Volunteer as a driver in your neighbourhood today.