Sup­port­ive ges­ture for war wid­ows

Albany Extra - - News - Shan­non Smith

A do­na­tion to the Al­bany War Wid­ows’ Guild will give waraf­fected women a chance to get to­gether dur­ing an or­gan­ised out­ing.

There are 15 lo­cal mem­bers set to ben­e­fit from the do­na­tion by the City of Al­bany of $700 raised at the Con­voy Cam­pout ear­lier in the year. The money is ex­pected to be used within the next month for so­cial sup­port.

Co-or­di­na­tor Vicki Clark said the Al­bany WWG was formed to sup­port war wid­ows from World War II but now in­cluded mem­bers who had felt the ef­fect of many dif­fer­ent con­flicts.

“A lot of the women are quite frail aged at the mo­ment and don’t get to go out much, so we will try to or­gan­ise an event where we can take a bus out to a win­ery for lunch,” Ms Clark said.

“They have de­vel­oped some won­der­ful friend­ships and sup­port net­works,

“We get to­gether once a month and I know that they stay in con­tact with each other in-be­tween th­ese get-to­geth­ers.”

The War Wid­ows’ Guild is an Aus­tralia-wide or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Al­bany WWG co-or­di­na­tor Vicki Clark with City of Al­bany Mayor Den­nis Welling­ton.

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