TRIPS KEEP MATES IN TOUCH

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Doug Con­way

WAR veter­ans in Rooty Hill and sur­round­ing ar­eas have won a grant of $9300 for a se­ries of bus trips to en­hance the lives of older ser­vice­men and keep them in touch with each other and the com­mu­nity.

It marks the sixth straight year an an­nual grant has gone to the Rooty Hill sub­sec­tion of the Naval As­so­ci­a­tion of Australia.

“It helps us to take these veter­ans out on trips to places of in­ter­est they would never nor­mally get to them­selves,” sub­sec­tion sec­re­tary Bob Cooper said.

“Most of our older mem­bers are in their late 70s and 80s, and the old­est is 89. It means they can have a change from their nor­mal lives and en­joy a get-to­gether away from the hus­tle and bus­tle.” Typ­i­cal des­ti­na­tions in­clude HMAS

Al­ba­tross at Nowra and the Co­ral Sea Memo­rial in Can­berra, but many trips are not es­pe­cially ser­vice re­lated.

They in­clude vis­its to places such as Cowra, Mudgee, Berry mar­kets and Oberon gar­dens.

“This grant is very timely be­cause our last trip had to be funded by raf­fles and fundrais­ers,” Mr Cooper said.

“We try to do about 10 trips a year with bus­loads of up to 40, in­clud­ing some car­ers.”

Rooty Hill Naval As­so­ci­a­tion or­gan­ises bus trips for its veter­ans to build a sense of com­mu­nity.

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