Soldiers stepping out for Legacy

More than 50 soldiers from Singleton School of Infantry have put their hand up to help raise funds for Legacy and with good reason.

Speaking on behalf of the group Private Calyn Mulhall said his trust in the organisation to care for his family should ‘something’ happen to him, offered him great comfort and confidence to pursue his career in the infantry.

They believe it is only right to support the Singleton campaign by volunteering during badge week to raise much needed funds for Legacy.

In the past senior students and the Legacy ladies have set up stall tables and walked the business district selling badges and other merchandise.  Covid constraints couldn’t allow this to happen this year so the soldiers have increased their volunteer numbers and plan to do the hard yards for this very important cause.

Legacy president Warren Barnes and fellow Legacy members are appreciative of the support by the School of Infantry and know they have a challenge ahead to raise their $20,000 target.

The appeal starts on Monday, August 31, with the main badge selling day on September 4.

In addition to the badges, the merchandise includes key rings, Army, Navy, Airforce and World War 1 nurse bears, pins, badges and slouch hat keyrings.  Two new additions are scarves imprinted with poppies and stubby holders.

Singleton McDonalds and Bunnings will also host onsite Legacy stalls that the community can support in addition to several locations in the main shopping centre.

Legacy Week is always the first week of September and has been held since World War 11 in 1942.

Legacy is dedicated to caring for the families of veterans who have died or become incapacitated either on service or subsequently. 

Singleton Legacy Group has 23 legatees who care for the 52 widows and 3 wards [children], in the Singleton district, where all donations collected in Singleton are used in Singleton to provide support to those in our care.

With restrictions on physical visits, Legacy members have found themselves spending additional time on the phone with the widows just checking they are doing okay.

Legacy’s service includes protecting the basic needs of individuals and families; advocating for the entitlements, rights and benefits of individuals and families; assisting families to cope with bereavement and; helping people thrive, despite their adversity and loss.

Mr Barnes said this year’s takings could be down a little because of covid and its impact on the community.

However, they all commented that the ongoing support particularly from businesses was always generous and very much appreciated.