Wear a badge of honour for Legacy

Showing off the merchandise that will be on sale during Legacy Badge Day next Friday are members of the Lismore Legacy Club and Lismore Legacy Ladies Auxiliary (l-r) Beryl Hampton, Jack McPherson, Iris Stokes and Kaye Martin.

At the beginning of WWII, thousands of women waved goodbye to their husbands for the last time. Others welcomed theirs home, but could hardly recognise the men they married, who were forever changed by the harrowing experiences of war.

Thankfully, Legacy stepped in to provide love, encouragement and support for the many women left to pick up the pieces after the veil of war finally lifted.

Today in Lismore, Legacy still cares for more than 400 war widows, offering friendship and a helping hand whenever they can.

If Legacy shut down tomorrow thered be a lot of lonely women with nowhere to turn for help, said Kaye Martin from the Lismore Legacy Club. While we can never bring these womens husbands back, we can provide the kind of practical support a partner normally would financial help when things get tough or fixing broken things around the house. Or sometimes they just need a shoulder to cry on when the memories come flooding back.

Next Friday, September 1, is Legacy Badge Day a major annual fundraiser. People are encouraged to dig deep when volunteers come selling merchandise or if you miss them, therell be a stall set up next Friday from 8.30am on the corner of Molesworth and Magellan streets where you can purchase badges.

When Lismore Legacy began in 1948, there wasnt a pension or any kind of support for the mothers and daughters left behind, said Kaye. These women endured so much pain and hardship, and its only right that we continue to help them in their hour of need.

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