"WE'RE still chasing a grant from the state government, but no luck so far," says Ken Edwards one of the driving forces behind the Wynnum-Manly Meals on Wheels Association.
Ken, who was awarded an OAM in the Australia Day Honours this year for his services, talked to Seniors Newspaper about the state-of-the-art kitchen and community facility:
"That is going to cost heaps".
Through sheer hard work and determination Ken and his band of helpers and volunteers have raised more than $2 million for the project, mostly from the local community.
"The previous government had allocated $300,000 to help us which would have been fantastic," Ken said. "We live in hope."
The association, a registered charity, would welcome any donation over $2, which is tax deductible.
"Every last cent donated is accounted for - very important these days as so many 'charities' sometimes gain only 20c in the dollar with the rest going to administration fees," Ken said.
"The Brisbane City Council have been absolutely fantastic - from our local councillor Ryan Murphy right through to the Lord Mayor Graham Quirk."
The council has provided the fully-developed land which Meals on Wheels will lease at 880 Manly Rd, Wakerley, 15km east of Brisbane.
Ken said the site, which was on parkland, was just great:
"We have collaborated with council on the building design and there will be provision for a sporting club to lease on the ground floor, underneath the kitchen and community centre."
- Jim Bowden