Manna volunteers making a difference this Christmas for those less fortunate

Manna volunteers making a difference this Christmas for those less fortunate
Manna volunteers making a difference this Christmas for those less fortunate

THEY are the volunteers who make Christmas for those who are less fortunate.

Volunteers at the Victoria Park-based Manna are packing hampers and putting meals together for disadvantaged people during the festive period.

The Southern Gazette spoke to some of the volunteers about the joy they get out of donating their time and effort.

Volunteer Carmel Beinart said she discovered Manna through word of mouth.

“It’s not the highest-profile charity but after attending an information session in March 2015, I felt totally humbled and invigorated by (founder) Beth Lowe,” she said.

“I started in the kitchen on Thursdays and I’ve gone to the park to help with the lunches, that’s where the magic happens.

“It’s an outstanding but simple service that we give to people and there is no judgement.

“Christmas is a special time, so if we can minimise the negatives for people then that’s great.”

Volunteer Gail Vance said she started volunteering at Manna about 18 months ago after looking for something to do.

“I work in the kitchen and do whatever needs to be done on that particular day; I mainly like putting the desserts together though,” she said.

“Christmas aside, it’s good that we are helping people whose circumstances aren’t so great.

“Christmas is a special time here; you just need to look around at all the people packing hampers.”

Volunteer Karen Beazley said after seeing the organisation on a current affairs program, she decided to get involved.

“I’ve got three kids and they’ve all helped out with packing things for Christmas here during previous years,” she said.

“I help here fortnightly in the kitchen and the atmosphere is lovely, I’ve made some great friendships.

“If there is anything I can do to improve other people’s Christmas, then that’s better.”