Legacy – it’s wonderful
Those are the words Karlee Curphey uses to describe Legacy.
“They do so much for (Legacy) widows in South Gippsland.”
Karlee’s late husband Theo was in the Air Force.
They met through their work and wed after World War Two was over, spending the bulk of their married lives in Korumburra.
When Theo died, Legatee the late Bill Glasgow from Bena, called on Karlee and said, “You must come to the widows’ club.”
She decided to take up his suggestion because as she found, “we have a common interest and we all have similar problems.”
There are five such widows’ clubs in South Gippsland and, while they have their separate group meetings and get togethers, they join forces too, sharing outings, an annual concert and film day. The widows’ clubs come under the umbrella of the South Gippsland Group of Legacy, started more than 60 years’ ago.
On Sunday, two busloads of widows and Legatees left the area for the Shrine of Remembrance and the start of Legacy Week.
“We don’t even have to walk anywhere!” said Karlee, ahead of the event.
“The bus drops us right at the Shrine.”
The day came courtesy of South Gippsland Legacy, which has 47 active Legatees who volunteer their time to offer care and compassionate assistance to more than 500 veterans’ widows, some children and disabled dependants.
Karlee enjoys such outings and the friendship and fellowship they engender.
The Korumburra Widows Club has taken a bus and gone to the Poowong pub for lunch.
“And we’ve been to Loch for lunch and to The Brewery at Mirboo North.”
The Leongatha RSL is a favourite haunt too.
She finds pleasure and comfort in widows’ groups activities. She and her fellow club members keep in touch in between their regular meetings, just to keep an eye out for each other.
“We’re all getting older,” she sighed.
“We talk at our meetings about supports that are available such as personal alarms.”
These hang on a chain around the wearer’s neck and if the person falls or is in difficulties, all they have to do to summon help is press the alarm.
South Gippsland Legacy’s area of responsibility stretches from Cowes to Yanakie.
The organisation has one main fund raising event for the year and that is Legacy Week when badges are sold.
Its members – and those who rely on Legacy’s help – hope to sell as many badges as possible.
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