Legacy appeals for volunteers
SINCE 1942, Legacy Week has been a traditional Australian appeal, and the Far North Coast Legacy Club is determined to keep this iconic national charity alive in Lismore.
Volunteers will hit the streets again between Sunday, September 2, and Saturday, September 8, to fundraise by selling badges and merchandise.
Legacy is a charity providing services to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service.
In Lismore there are an estimated 300 widows and half a dozen children from former Defence Force operatives, mostly from the Korean and Vietnamese conflicts, according to the club's secretary, Stan Bendell.
Olive Smith, president of both the Far North Coast Legacy Club and the Lismore War Widows' Association, explained that the fundraiser "is very important but we also need new volunteers to help us ensure the families of our servicemen are looked after in the future".
She added that every volunteer, called Legateers, looks after 20 widows and their families, and they are the first point of contact in case of need.
Mr Bendall said Legacy offers assistance to meet individual situations.
"The Legateer brings the issue to the club and we discuss the best solution to offer based on our resources," he said.
Anyone who would like to find out more about becoming a Legateer or further information about Legacy Week can contact Stan Bendell on 6622 8113.
Legacy currently cares for 100,000 widows and 1900 children and disabled dependants throughout Australia.