Legacy seeking fresh volunteers
MAUREEN Colling can still remember the day when she and other Cowra Legacy Kids were asked to lead the Anzac Day March in 1959.
“I was 11 years old. When my father died, my mother was left with five children between one and 14,” Ms Colling said.
“Legacy stepped in and provided much-needed care and support to my family. One legatee, Mr Clive Squire, made us feel a part of his family and he became a life-long friend.
“Legacy gave me many happy childhood memories including my first ever holiday to Manly, where I saw the ocean for the first time!”
Ms Colling now lives in Arrawarra and two years ago herself became a Legatee. She is one of 26 in Coffs Harbour, all of whom actively help support the widows and children of deceased veterans in everything from pension and welfare advocacy to helping run the Legacy Shop and various investment properties.
You might think the need for these services had diminished, however Legacy also cares for families of veterans from Korea, Malaya, Vietnam, the Gulf Wars, Afghanistan, Iraq and the peace-keeping forces.
Locally Coffs Harbour Legacy cares for 700 widows and 25 children and now Legacy needs you.
“We are looking for volunteers to help replace our (ageing) selves,” president of Legacy’s Dorrigo chapter Bob Denner said.
“We are especially focusing on finding local people who used to receive Legacy services and hoping some of them might like to get involved in our activities.
For more information please phone 6652 7583.