Ballarat sisters reunite with their lifesavers

FOR the Smith sisters, Legacy has been a lifesaver.

The sisters Helen Terry, Julianne Forbes and Lorraine Odgers said the organisation, which looks after the families of dead and incapacitated ex-servicemen, cared for their mother after their father’s death in 1958.

The trio gathered in Ballarat this week for a reunion of old and junior Legatees.

“(Legacy) were there straight away. We couldn’t have done it without them,” Ms Odgers said.

The three recalled the great times they had with Legacy, whether it was camps, calisthenic concerts or getting up for midnight snacks. 

Ms Forbes said every Christmas she and her sisters received a gift from Legacy and the organisation took great care of their mother.

The three had not connected with Legacy since the mid-1960s.

Ms Terry said she stopped to buy a Legacy badge in Wendouree and when she mentioned her family’s link, she was encouraged to resume contact with those who cared for them. 

“It all snowballed from there,” she said. 

Ballarat Legacy immediate past president Ron Fleming said several people had attended the meeting, but they were still trying to contact many others. 

To contact Legacy, call 5331 3242 or email legbalrt@ncable.net.au.

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