TRIPS KEEP MATES IN TOUCH
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.