Legacy inducts new ambassadors
JOHN Kenny is doing his bit to keep a torch alight.
The owner of the Coffee Club in Lismore was last week inducted as one of six Legacy Ambassadors for Far North Coast Legacy, charged with doing their bit to promote the volunteer organisation that supports the families of service people who have died in conflict, and has a torch as its emblem.
Mr Kenny served in the Royal Australian Air Force and said he was well aware of the work Legacy does.
He said he was keen to make sure that work is not forgotten in the community.
Newly installed president of Far North Coast Legacy, Murwillumbah’s Bruce Llewellyn, welcomed the ambassadors to the “Legacy family”.
Each ambassador represents a division within FNC Legacy and Mr Llewellyn said it is hoped the community members will help in promoting the volunteer organisation.
Mr Llewellyn said Legacy had “a wonderful name, but in one week a year”, which is Legacy Week that culminates in the annual Badge Day.
“This (the ambassador program) is a way of getting into the community more than one week a year,” he said.
Legacy had its roots in the trenches of World War I when Diggers promised each other they would look after each other’s families if they didn’t make it home.
Currently, Legacy, formed in the mid 1920s, supports more than 100,000 widows and 1900 children throughout Australia.
Mr Llewellyn agreed Legacy was still relevant, particularly following this week’s deaths of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan – the 25th and 26th Australian solider to be killed in the country.
He said that Legacy’s face, however, was changing.
There was a time when the volunteer Legatees had to be ex-service people who had seen active service. But not now.
Mr Llewellyn is a former school teacher who was joined Legacy because of his “community-minded” ex-father-in-law.
“The community spirit rubbed off on me,” he said.
The ambassadors for the each division in the region are as follows:
Ballina: Ballina Shire Advocate editor Graham Broadhead.
Casino: Richmond Valley Cr Charlie Cox.
Kingscliff: Solo Resource Recovery’s Neil Tobitt.
Kyogle: Pharmacist Warwick Prentice.
Lismore: Lismore Coffee Club owner John Kenny.
Murwillumbah: CEO Murwillumbah Services Memorial Club Guy Diven.