LEGACY’S war-time beginnings and long-time support of the families of fallen servicemen was commemorated at the Tathra Country Club last Wednesday.
A room-full of Bega Valley war widows, Legatees and supporters marked 90 years since the formation of the organisation with a special lunch and cake cutting.
In a unique nod to Legacy’s beginnings in 1923, three members of the Bega Valley Legacy Group who were all born that same year – Nina Smith, Joan Cochrane and Dot Cleaver – were given the honour of cutting the cake.
The ageing group of Legacy families was highlighted during a speech by Bega Valley Legacy’s Bruce Crane.
Mr Crane said Legacy had evolved over the past 90 years to now incorporate 50 clubs in Australia and London, with 91,992 widows across the nation.
He said of those widows, 416 were over the age of 100, while only 258 were younger than 50.
The average age of a war widow being looked after by Legacy is over 80.
Those doing the looking after – the Legatees – aren’t immune from Father Time either.
The Bega Valley Legacy Group is part of the Legacy Club of Wollongong and South Coast, which sees 138 Legatees looking after 2155 widows, 11 children and, as Legacy changes with the times to incorporate modern conflicts, the families of 12 people with disabilities as a result of active service.
Mr Crane said the recent Legacy Week badge drive raised somewhere in the region of $7000 for the Bega Valley group, while a recent charity golf day at the Tathra Country Club resulted in a cheque for $1050.
“I sincerely thank all those who support us over the years, this makes it your organisation as well,” he said.