June 1, 2018 by admin
THIS Friday is the one day of the year that Singleton residents will be asked to assist widows of former military personnel.
A team of volunteers will doorknock homes and businesses to sell fundraising badges for Legacy, a national charity set up in 1942 to help families suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent during or after defence force service.
The organisation helps more than 100,000 Australian widows and 1900 children and people with disabilities with essential services such as counselling, special housing, medical, advocacy and social support.
Singleton Legacy has 26 volunteers who help 93 widows in the shire, of whom 22 are in aged care facilities.
Singleton Legacy chairman Arthur Francis said he hoped about $20,000 would be raised through badge sales, and every cent would be used to help Singleton’s widows.
“All the money will go towards helping widows with health and wellbeing issues, home improvements, gardening projects, repairs and maintenance, interest-free loans and also to fund outings, the annual Christmas party, bus trips and other social functions,” he said.
“The volunteers for badge day include Singleton High School and Saint Catherines Catholic High School students, the army, volunteers from the Returned Services League (RSL), RSL women’s auxiliary and the Legacy widows club.
“Badges are always well received by the community, people are very, very generous.”
Singleton high teacher Nigel Cox said: “It’s a great community effort for students to give up their time to support Legacy and it demonstrates the importance they place on Legacy.”
Mr Francis said Singleton Legacy was looking for more volunteers to carry on the work.
“There are not enough ex-servicemen to do the job and those doing it are aging,” he said.
“Volunteers, or Legatees as we call them, basically visit widows and help organise things to meet their needs, but mainly visiting the ladies is enough, as they’re happy to talk to someone and know that there’s someone there if they have a problem.”
For more information about volunteering for Legacy, ring Mr Francis on 6573 3404.
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