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Helping Hands dig in to create garden

GOOD JOB: Deanna Brown, Brett Davey and Joseph Davey help out at the Meals on Wheels base in Rockhampton.
GOOD JOB: Deanna Brown, Brett Davey and Joseph Davey help out at the Meals on Wheels base in Rockhampton. Madeline Mcdonald

ROCKHAMPTON'S Meals on Wheels volunteers help members of the community every day.

On Saturday however it was their turn to be on the receiving end of some good will courtesy of Rockhampton's Mormon Helping Hands group.

The group, part of an international initiative, comprises members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

On Saturday they pitched in to create a garden for the Meals on Wheels organisation.

Helping Hands member Brett Davey said planting a colourful garden at the service's Rockhampton base was a way to say thank you for the work it does within the community.

"We liaised with council to do something for the community and this project popped up which was perfect," he said.

"Meals on Wheels do a lot in the community and they really are unsung heroes. We spent three hours doing this garden for them but they serve the community every day.

"We planted some shrubs and mulched the garden but we'll come back at a later date to put a water drip feeder in for them."

Mr Davey, a teacher at North Rockhampton Special School, said it was important to help out in the local community and to break down certain stereotypes.

"People have their own assumptions about Mormons and most of the stuff they believe isn't true, we're just normal people and our community means a lot to us," he said.

"The way the world's turning we've got to support each other and if we can't make a difference or help out a community organisation then what are we doing in the world?"

Plants and mulch used for the project were donated by local businesses.

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