This week's show was all about Legacy Week. Jim Fairlie, an ex Junior Legatee and now Legatee support for other junior legatees, was my valued guest. Legacy Week gave us the opportunity to talk about the value of community, how it takes a village to raise a family but also a community to support the less vulnerable. Jim Fairlie was a perfect guest as he has had first hand experience of being on the receiving end and is now, many years later is giving back.
"Legacy is a charity providing services to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service. We currently care for around 90,000 widows and 1,900 children and disabled dependants throughout Australia." Legacy Website
The theme of mentoring and being a role model is part and parcel of supporting those who have lost their parent role model and this is an element Jim takes very seriously...or as seriously as he can. Jim shared that he does all the things on camp that he really loved doing and wants to keep going with, such as billie cart racing! Something I know I have had loads of fun with.
At the other end of the age scale. sometimes the volunteer legatee will be the only 'family' an older Legatee has and this is brought home around christmas time when the older Legatee's get a nightie. There is nothing about his volunteering that Jim takes for granted.
Caring for the families of those who served their country
In other news...
I did my Chatswood Sleeps Rough night for Streetwork and The Salvation Army. Massive thanks to Chatswood Chamber of Commerce, Willoughby Council and to Storage King in Chatswood for our accommodation and cardboard boxes! A big thank you to St Johns Ambulance volunteers for staying as well and to Chatswood police for checking in on us and making sure it wasn't an illegal rave (not really, they just wanted to say hi and thanks!) I met some great rough sleepers of all backgrounds. Local councillors and even the Willoughby mayor stayed out with us. I am sure next year will be bigger and better. Sadly I couldn't stay long in the morning and had to head out at 5am to do Saturday sport - I know way too early - but life seemed to go on regardless of sleeping rough...much in that statement. It was a night of the most enormous full moon and one I will not forget in a long time.
St Ives Medieval Faire is on its way again - I will have more on this the week after next but if you want to buy tickets check out the link below.
KYDS Term 3 Newsletter - it is out and jam packed with gems - here is the link. A great support in our community and they have some valuable workshops coming up - the next parent forum is: "Drugs and Alcohol - pushing the limits" 14th September from 6.30 - please remember to book in.
To read more about Legacy: http://www.legacy.com.au
Chatswood Sleeps Rough - just in case you would like to sponsor me: http://www.chatswoodsleepsrough.com.au/donate/
To read more about Streetwork: http://www.streetwork.org.au/our-services/
To read more about St Ives Medieval Faire: http://stivesmedievalfaire.com.au
To watch more videos about St Ives Medieval Faire: http://splash.abc.net.au/home#!/media/1608257/knights
To read more about Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Womens Shelter: http://hornsbykuringgaiwomensshelter.com.au/blog/
To join the North Shore Business Forum being live broadcast on Triple H: http://northshorebusiness.com.au
To read more about KYDS newsletter: http://kyds.org.au/kyds-term-3-newsletter/
To read more about the amazing full moons we have coming up: http://earthsky.org/tonight/august-29-supermoon-first-of-three-supermoons#when
With thanks to:
With thanks to Triple H Fm for use of their airwaves for the live broadcast of this show, to Jim Fairlie for being my guest and to Glorious Music for the use of their music in my show and podcast.
Lucy Dahill is the presenter of Stay in the Loop with Lucy, she has a passion for offering people the platform to share their voice. Young, old or somewhere in between we all have wisdom to share if we trust our hearts over our heads.