Legacy campers to return home

WAR widows and their children will depart Ballarat today after a five-day Legacy camp. 

Twenty-four legacy members travelled from across the country to attend the annual Ballarat Junior Legatee and Young Widow Camp, which has welcomed young legacy members to Ballarat for five years. 

Twelve-year-old twins Craig and Charlotte Thomas ventured to the camp from Sydney with their mother Camilla. 

They said their favourite activities were visiting Sovereign Hill, Ballarat Wildlife Park and the Golden City Paddle Steamer.

“I just like patting all the animals,” Craig said.

“It been great and Ballarat has been very hospitable,” Camilla said.

Kym Alexander – who has been involved in Legacy for five years – arrived with her children Kaylea and Nathan from Mascot in New South Wales. 

“It’s respite for us. It’s a chance to get away and we’ve had a great week. Ballarat is a really friendly and interesting place,” she said.

Ballarat Legacy welfare chairman Jeremy Bannister said the camp’s aim was to provide younger widows and junior legatees under the age of 15 with the opportunity to have a break and meet people in similar circumstances.

“We thought it was about time we did something to cater specifically to young legatees,” Mr Bannister said.

“The thing we under-estimate is the power of widows and their children meeting others in similar situations and they become great friends.”