Family heroes inspire legatee
FOR Alex Clark, 15, Legacy is an organisation whose legacy is worth maintaining.
His father, Tony Clark, has served in both Afghanistan and East Timor in the New Zealand Army and his great grandfather was a Second World War soldier who was captured and made a prisoner of war in Egypt.
Mr Clark said having his father in the defence force and spending a lot of time visiting different army bases influenced his decision to get involved with Legacy.
"I've done quite a bit of volunteering with school already," he said.
"I had done it a few years ago at school selling badges and then I got asked if I wanted to do the internship at school so I applied to do it, it sounded really good."
Far North Coast Legacy president Lynette Zito said it was good to have people from a younger generation volunteering.
"Having people come through who will hopefully be the next generation of legatees will be able to communicate better and understand the younger children who might no longer have a father because of places like Afghanistan," she said.
Evans River K-12 student Alex Clark joined five other students from around the region to volunteer their holiday time to take part in the Far North Coast Legacy internship program.
Legacy mentor Ros Mayberry said the aim of the program is to create future legatees and promote the organisation's ideals to a younger generation.
"Legacy basically is a volunteer organisation that cares for the widows, widowers and dependants of fallen service people," she said.
The students were inducted into Legacy yesterday after successfully completing the two-day welfare training and Legacy induction course.