East Gippsland residents are being encouraged to support the loved ones of those who have either served their country or suffered the ultimate sacrifice at war, during Legacy Week, which finishes on Saturday.
Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, said local Legacy members would be out and about across East Gippsland this week, volunteering their time by selling badges and merchandise in support of veterans’ families.
“In East Gippsland there are 50 Legatees who look after around 250 widows or widowers and families of people who have given their lives during conflict or as a result of conflict, or who have served our country,” Mr Bull said.
Mr Bull said Legacy could provide numerous avenues of financial assistance, including for:
• Lawn mowing and garden maintenance;
• Power bills;
• Heating and wood supply;
• Spouting clean outs;
• Equipment, such as walkers, wheel chairs, etc.;
• Aids for the sight impaired;
• General home maintenance; and
“On top of this, Legacy provides companionship, assistance to those who may be experiencing issues with their pensions and even legal advice, if required,” Mr Bull said.
“Large projects, such as house painting, can also be provided on an interest-free loan basis.”
East Gippsland Legacy executive officer, Helen Kilpatrick, said Legacy Week was the local branch’s only fundraiser during the year, with all monies raised staying in East Gippsland.
“We rely on businesses, organisations and the general public to give generously during this week so we can continue our work,” she said.
Nationwide, Legacy cares for around 70,000 families of veterans, including children, young families, people with a disability and widows, many of whom are in their 80s and 90s and alone.
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, with volunteer Pat Murphy outside Woolworths in Bairnsdale.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017