Rennick scores laptop legacy
It's often the work of organisations like Far North Coast Legacy (FNCL) that does so much for the community - and does it without much fanfare.
Legacy was born out of a promise of mateship - where a digger promised his mate that he would look after his wife and children back home. The organisation supports veteran families financially and emotionally after the death or serious injury of the spouse or parent.
On Tuesday, junior legatee Rennick Oakley received a laptop computer from FNCL, thanks to the generosity of Harvey Norman. The FNCL administration and another junior legatee also received laptops.
Rennick who is 10 ("11 next month!") lives with his grandmother Claire Carroll in Alstonville, where he attends Alstonville Public School. They have recently moved from the Gold Coast.
"Alstonville is pretty good - for a small town," Rennick told The Echo. "I'm used to the city. But I like it here. The school is really good."
When asked what he would use the laptop for, Rennick looked at his grandmother and replied "for study". Then he smiled and added, "and some games."
Rennick didn't have a computer before the little Toshiba was presented to him by Legacy.
Acting FNCL executive director Grahame Gooding was grateful for the three laptops received from Harvey Norman.
"We're always looking for support," he said.
"We're providing support for 1700 widows and 20 junior legatees. That's what we do - provide for the dependents of our ex-service colleagues."
Owen Paterson, who is Harvey Norman Franchisee Manager of Computers, presented the computers.
"Legacy is our charity for the year," Owen said, "because it was nominated by our Launceston franchisee at our last annual conference. He is a child of Legacy."
"Harvey Norman is a strong supporter of Legacy and we're so pleased to receive these computers - particularly for the two junior legatees," FNCL vice president Lynette Zito said.
She wouldn't reveal the name of the other junior recipient to The Echo because that person is away at the moment and Legacy wants it to be a surprise upon their return.
Well done, Legacy.