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“The World Is A Better Place Because Doris Taylor Lived In It”

March 11, 2011

Meals on Wheels SA Founder Doris Taylor MBE was a remarkable woman who through her own disability inspired others and ultimately led to her founding Meals on Wheels. Her personal understanding and awareness of the need for those who are housebound to maintain their independence was the inspiration behind her Meals on Wheels concept.

As a result of Doris Taylor’s courage, persistence and relentless lobbying of politicians, Meals on Wheels SA was incorporated in December 1953. Her vision evolved into an organisation that has since been copied in various forms throughout Australia and in many places overseas. Today Meals on Wheels SA has some 10,000 volunteers, more than 5,000 clients, and 100 branches (including 40 kitchens) throughout South Australia.

Arthur Daly, who worked for Doris Taylor at Meals on Wheels wrote in a tribute that she was one of the great Australians of this century. He added, “The world is a better place because she lived in it” (Unsung Heroes and Heroines, Rosemary Neill).

We come across many people who want to share their stories about Doris Taylor or want to learn more about her so we have set up this blog for us to be able to share more about her life and so that you can share your memories and stories of her. If you have anything you would like to share about Doris please click LEAVE A COMMENT.

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  1. March 16, 2011 3:11 pm

    Last week we had a lady, Joyce, visit who told us that her grandmother was in the group of first clients that we delivered to when Doris started from the Port Adelaide kitchen in 1954.

    Her grandmother, Edith, received our meals for 4 years from 1954-1958. Her grandmother was in her 80’s when she was getting our meals and was a fun loving woman whom we helped stay in her own home before she had to go into care in 1958.

  2. March 17, 2011 2:57 pm

    Mario a volunteer deliverer with Meals on Wheels recalls his memories of Doris Taylor. When he was a young boy, newly settled in Australia he received English lessons from Doris. Doris’s brothers worked at the Geo. Halls & Sons factory with Mario’s older brothers and it was through them he was introduced to Doris.

    Mario remembers Doris as an interesting and rare woman who was a pleasure to listen too, she made learning and understanding English easy as she was patient and easy to understand.

    He remembers Doris sharing many stories with him about her experiences in a wheelchair, one in particular stands out for Mario. Doris was shopping at Myers with her brother who was out to buy some new shoes. As he was pushing Doris down a ramp he lost control of the wheelchair, running over an unlucky gentleman in her path. After the man had recovered himself he began to scald Doris for being careless, she immediately challenged the man to feel as much pain as she did being confined to a wheelchair since the age of 16. Mario remained friends with Doris until she moved into a nursing home.

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