Tucking in to a feast cooked up for angels

DRESSED in her Sunday best, Dellsma Finsen was looking forward to the buffet lunch at the launch of the Great Aussie Dinner yesterday.

“I've had (the dress) about 15 years,” she said.

“This is the first time I've pulled it out of the cupboard.”

But the North Bundaberg woman relished the chance to frock up and get out of the house as one of 40 Oldies Angels members at the fundraiser, held at Spinnaker Restaurant.

The Great Aussie Dinner is a month-long event to raise much-needed funds for the Bundaberg organisation.

The idea of the fundraiser is to get family and friends together, make dinner and then decide what the food would be worth in a restaurant.

Money is then donated to the organisation so it can continue its services for elderly people throughout Bundaberg.

The Angels' mantra is “oldies helping oldies” and services include senior residents delivering fruit and vegetables to other seniors.

Members also visit other elderly people in their homes, to break the cycle of isolation that many find themselves in.

Since the NewsMail highlighted the financial plight of the group on Monday, founder James Parkes said the response from the community has been fantastic.

Although he could not reveal details, Mr Parkes said he had received a substantial donation offer from a Bundaberg businessperson, along with other funding proposals.

“I really appreciate the response,” he said.

But what he enjoyed most at the lunch yesterday was seeing his angels have a good time.

“I'm looking forward to my oldies mixing it with guests - because it's all about communication,” he said.

Mrs Finsen said without the organisation she would not know what to do with herself.

“Everybody makes you feel so welcome, they make me feel so at home,” she said.

How to help • People have until November 15 to register their Great Aussie Dinner details atwww.oldiesangels.com.au • For more information telephone James Parkes on 0414 895 145.

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