Rev Collin Batt, Dulcie and Neville Free, Bobbie Matheson and Karen Andrews, MP, in 2011.
Rev Collin Batt, Dulcie and Neville Free, Bobbie Matheson and Karen Andrews, MP, in 2011. Barbra Fullham

Birthday lunch for Never Alone Friendship Centre founder

FOUNDER of the Never Alone Friendship Centre, Neville Free was honoured by the group with a birthday lunch at the Burleigh Surf Club recently.

Neville and his wife Dulcie started the centre almost five years ago and with the help of some dedicated volunteers, have successfully catered for the needs of many in the community who needed a social outlet or something to break the isolation and loneliness that sometimes overcome them.

In appreciation of the work done over the years, 38 volunteers and guests gathered to ensure Neville had a memorable birthday.

Talking with Neville about this milestone, he told Seniors Newspaper he had received far more from the centre than he had put in - and that 80 was only a number.

"It is always encouraging when you see the results of your efforts reflected in the joy and laughter that you are able to bring to others in the community," he said.

"The centre has been able to fill the gaps in people's lives with a weekly bout of fun and activities."

These include chatting over a cuppa at a catered morning tea, having a variety of activities to occupy your time.

"We have table and card games, outings, guest speakers and entertainers, bingo and the occasional raffle or auction to raise funds," he said.

"All of this for a $2 donation, appeals to many who have limited means but need something in their lives to brighten them up.

"We welcome people from all walks of life and age is no barrier.

The care for our guests extends beyond the weekly get together with volunteers taking a keen interest in their well being."

Further information about the Never Alone Friendship Centre can be obtained by calling 5562 2993.

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