Lo­cal Le­gacy alive, well

Kim takes up the gaunt­let

Chinchilla News - - NEWS - James Liveris [email protected]­ern­starnews.com

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.”

PHOTO: JAMES LIVERIS

SHOW­ING SUP­PORT: Mem­bers of Le­gacy Chin­chilla en­joy a Christ­mas lunch at Chin­chilla RSL Club.

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