Legacy Beaudesert widows received a heartfelt thanks and a bag full of goodies to thank them for their efforts in support of the local veteran community.
At a special lunch on 23 November, widows received a wellbeing pack containing hand soap, tissues, hand cream, dishwashing liquid, body powder, Glen 20, toilet cleaner and other helpful household items.
The packs came from the Beaudesert RSL Sub Branch and were presented by Senior Vice President Steve Monteath and liaison Janice Heit.
There was also live music from local favourite Keith Dunn and raffles of meat trays and more.
Mr Monteath said the Sub Branch considered Legacy members as allies.
“Legacy widows, widowers and Legatees are adjuncts to the RSL as veterans’ families and co-allies in supporting the veteran community,” he said.
“As part of the wellbeing, welfare services provided by the Beaudesert RSL Sub Branch, our outreach should include those who support ours through a variety of actions and programs.”
At the lunch, Audrey Bristol, Sandra Grieve, Janice Heit, Anne Nisbet, Vera Walsh, Jan Nisbet, Royal Mahoney and Legatee John Lacey received a wellbeing pack.
Fellow Legacy widows Dulcie Barker, May Edwards, Daphne Telfer and Ivy Reid, who was founding coordinator of the group, were not present at the lunch but Janice Heit was delivering their packs to them.
Widow Ivy Reid founded the Legacy Beaudesert branch after her war veteran husband died 27 years ago.
Mrs Reid, who is now in her mid-90s, founded the Beaudesert branch of Legacy one year after her husband Ronald, a veteran of the Korean War, died suddenly in 1995.
Legacy supports war widows and the partners and children of servicemen who have returned home mentally, emotionally or physically incapacitated by war.
Over the years, the local branch has cultivated an atmosphere of moral support among its members.