JUST a few days after the nation remembered those who have fallen in battle, a graduation ceremony was held for an Australia-first program which aims to raise awareness and increase membership of the organisation that looks after the families of fallen servicemen and servicewomen.
Far North Coast Legacy ran the internship program for tertiary and secondary students in the region. Two tertiary students in the second semester last year took part in the hands-on program, in which the 150 or so volunteer hours they put in with Legacy went towards a unit in their Southern Cross University degree, and six Year 12 students this year completed the internship for secondary students, visiting widows under the supervision of a mentor.
The program is the brainchild of Legatee Bob Cooper from Alstonville. Mr Cooper said the program aimed to raise awareness of Legacy with the hope of recruiting younger people to the organisation.
There are about 1600 Legacy widows and 15 Legacy wards in the Far North Coast region.
Legacy provides them with advice, practical help around the home and financial assistance.
Phone 6622 8113 for more information.