Gina and Max's Story
"It's good to give something back."
Meet Gina and Max, two of our ‘Masterchefs’ at our Hobart community kitchen. Not only have the couple been together for 40 years, they’ve also had a strong relationship with the Salvos across four decades.
During Cyclone Tracey in 1974, the couple first volunteered their time with the Salvos as chefs for the hundreds of displaced people in an evacuation centre. Today in Hobart, they plan and prepare community meals at their local Salvos, where up to fifty people gather each fortnight to share food and friendship.
"It's always a really good crowd and we look forward to the lunches every fortnight. A typical lunch is a roast or a stew… and we always make sure they get vegetables so they're getting a proper, solid meal," says Gina.
A love for their community motivates them to continue volunteering, where they hope to continue giving their time as long as they’re able. "It's good to give something back," she says.
Each year, more than 15,000 people like Gina and Max give their personal time to volunteer at Salvos program locations around Australia.