Soldiers sent a taste of home
OUR soldiers overseas will have a little taste of home, thanks to the City of Lismore RSL sub-branch.
Honorary secretary Wilson McClelland and president Cec Harris were preparing two care packages yesterday, filled with home comforts including ANZAC biscuits, Vegemite and lollies.
“But we can only send them packages when we find out they're on deployment overseas, so when people let us know we can send them a parcel,” Mr McClelland said.
Mr Harris and Mr McClelland welcome those with relatives from the Lismore area serving overseas to contact the sub-branch so they can distribute more care packages.
“The hardest thing is knowing when they're out of the country,” Mr Harris said.
“We also need to know all their details, including their name, service number and postal details,” Mr McClelland said.
Mr McClelland said that since Timor, the sub-branch had sent more than 50 packages to local troops in Timor, Solomon Islands, Afghanistan and Iraq.
“Each package costs us $30 to $40,” he said.
“But that's just what we want to do for them, and we get a great deal of satisfaction out of doing it.”
Mr McClelland said the RSL Women's Auxiliary also gives them a helping hand with donations towards the cost of packages.
Each package contains a tin of biscuits, a tube of Vegemite, peanut butter, two novels, lollies, hand sanitiser and wipes, some small Aussie flags and a personalised letter from the sub-branch.
“It just reminds them of home,” Mr McClelland said.
If you know of anyone from the Lismore local government area serving overseas, contact the City of Lismore RSL sub-branch on 66213851.