Dedication to legacy care continues
FOR more than 15 years Kevin Cheetham has been selling Legacy badges in Murwillumbah to help support the widows and bereaved children of army, navy and air force personnel.
This year will be no exception when the Murwillumbah division of Legacy, which has been caring for widows and families of service members for 53 years, calls on the public to donate during Legacy Week, which begins on August 30 and continues to September 5.
Mr Cheetham, chairman of the Murwillumbah division of Legacy, said local high school students and the local National Servicemen's Association sub-branch would again help with badge sales, which is the organisation's main annual fundraiser.
“Thursday and Friday will be our main selling days and we will get help from local high schools on the Friday. We have three teams of eight to help us,” Mr Cheetham said.
“There will be a table on the main street on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and local cadets will man the table on the Saturday.”
The local sub-branch of the National Servicemen's Association would sell badges through the town's industrial areas on the Thursday and Friday, Mr Cheetham said.
Murwillumbah Legacy cared for 203 Legacy widows, although most were very independent and said, “If we need you we will ring you”, he said.
Legacy helps arrange installation of hand-rails and the repair of footpaths at widows' homes, as well as fixing anything that becomes a danger for them, Mr Cheetham said.
Murwillumbah Legacy had also looked after one child - a Legacy “ward”- in recent years. Mr Cheetham said she had now grown up, but Legacy still kept in touch.
Nationally, Legacy stands ready to support the families of Australia's 3000 men and women currently deployed on operations around the globe, to ensure they receive assistance and care that is needed.
Across Australia the funds raised from this year's badge appeal will help Legacy continue to assist 115,000 widows and 1900 children and people with disabilities Australia-wide, with essential services such as counselling, special housing, medical, advocacy and social support.
Public support will also help Legacy nurture children's education by contributing towards their school fees, books, uniforms and recreational activities.