Hervey Bay Legacy group chairman Bob Bleakley and vice-chairman Wayne McDowall are seeking volunteers.
Hervey Bay Legacy group chairman Bob Bleakley and vice-chairman Wayne McDowall are seeking volunteers.

Hervey Bay Legacy puts out a call for helpers

HERVEY Bay Legacy group assists war widows and students of veterans killed in action, or those who have since passed away due to injuries they received during war service.

Chairman Bob Bleakley said the group was growing.

"This group has gone ahead in leaps and bounds," he said.

"It's a wonderful organisation and everybody is happy.

"We look after 430 widows and hopefully we can keep supporting them for a long, long time.

"We also have the Jolly Dollies group and the Laurel Club that offer social interaction and outings."

The Hervey Bay Legacy group is part of the Fraser Coast and Country Burnett group that extends from Monto to Kingaroy and from Burrum Heads to Hervey Bay.

"There are 790 widows in the whole group and we have 50% of them here," Bob said.

To become a Legatee there is an interview procedure to follow and, once accepted, in-house training and a mentor is assigned to help you.

Legatees are volunteers and become mentors to the widows and widowers, and vice-chairman Wayne McDowall said it was hard to get people to commit to taking on such a role.

"There are Legatees in all the towns but we only have sixteen active Legatees in the Hervey Bay Group.

"Most of us are former vets but there's a situation where I feel the civilian population don't realise they can become a Legatee, but they can," Wayne said.

"There's a strict process to go through before they become a Legatee but it's worth it."

Legatees visit the widows to make sure they are healthy and safe, and support them socially.

The Hervey Bay group is supporting six wards who are children and young adults of deceased veterans by providing financial support to help them with school or university fees, and books or laptops if they need them.

Hervey Bay Legacy group invites members of ex-service organisations or civilians to become part of the group as the self satisfaction of providing assistance and comfort to some of these lonely widows is great value to your self-esteem and general wellbeing.

If you are looking for a worthy challenge, becoming a Legatee may be something to think seriously about.

The group is having a Charity Golf Day at Howard on Saturday, June 1, and is asking teams to register and invite businesses to donate gift vouchers.

Any money raised in Hervey Bay goes directly to the widows and students.



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