Local Legacy alive, well
Kim takes up the gauntlet
AFTER more than 10 years without a local volunteer to support the widows of the south-west, Kim Capstaff has ensured Legacy lives on.
Earlier this year, Legacy Brisbane put out a desperate call for a local volunteer to help support its widows of the south-west and Kim Capstaff decided to take up the gauntlet as the local Legatee.
Mrs Capstaff said the motivating factor to volunteer was her children, who are currently serving in the forces.
“I have two children in the forces, a son-in-law and a daughter that are both sergeants who are up in Darwin,” she said.
“I also have another two children, one of them is married to an ex-commando who was severely blown up overseas and is now suffering quite horrific injuries who my daughter cares for, so I have a strong history of forces in my family.”
Mrs Capstaff said she was helping meet the needs of a small number of war widows.
“We check to see if they are comfortable or need help with any queries they have, any health issues, anything we can do to redirect services to help them and be a referral system for them,” she said.
“Legacy plays a very important role in society, you don’t need to have any kind of military connection at all to do what’s important for them.
“We have a lot of people in remote areas that possibly need assistance in other areas, medically, financially, physically and Legacy does everything they can to facilitate that.”
Mrs Capstaff said taking the women out for Christmas lunch was just one of many rewarding activities she had done since joining the Chinchilla branch.
“You get more out of Legacy than what you put in,” she said.
“The ladies here are absolutely delightful and it is very rewarding seeing them and hearing their stories.
“I encourage anyone to join, it’s an enormous amount of fun and the support from the Brisbane office is incredible.”
SHOWING SUPPORT: Members of Legacy Chinchilla enjoy a Christmas lunch at Chinchilla RSL Club.