STUDENT INTERNS: From left: Jeffery Presbury and Alyssa Hobdell with their new Legacy t-shirts along with Boydie Collyer of Far North Coast Legacy. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times
STUDENT INTERNS: From left: Jeffery Presbury and Alyssa Hobdell with their new Legacy t-shirts along with Boydie Collyer of Far North Coast Legacy. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times Samantha Elley

Interns are trailblazers

AS PART of his commitment as a Legacy intern, Jeffery Presbury has found himself training war widows and their families how to use their computers.

Along with fellow Year 11 Evans River K-12 student Alyssa Hobdell, Jeffery is among a pioneering group of young people taking up an internship with volunteer organisation Legacy.

Legacy's Boydie Collyer said it was a first in Australia and is a pilot program initiated by the Far North Coast branch.

"(The students) are inducted as full legatees," he said.

"They do the same job we are doing by visiting war widows, attend meetings and raising money by selling badges."

The program came about after a study of the demographic of Legacy clients indicated, even without further hostilities, their responsibilities to war widows and dependents would be required until at least 2070.

With that in mind the program's aims are to promote Legacy ideals and operations to a younger generation and create a number of future legatees.

"We are now getting inquiries about the program from as far away as South Australia and Tasmania about what we are doing," Mr Collyer said.

At a recent Laurel Club meeting both Jeffery and Alyssa were inducted into Legacy and presented with their own T-shirts which they quickly donned.

"It sounded like a good thing to do to help me build confidence and meet new people," Alyssa said of her decision to join the program.



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