On Saturday night Legacy Broken Hill held an induction dinner at the Musicians Club, emm ceed by Legacy Chairman Dave Gallagher and with guests from Legacy organisations across the country, as well identities from other local charities.
“The induction dinner was a great success,” said Legacy Broken Hill secretary, Mark Winen.
“Everybody enjoyed themselves. The meal was good. The facility was great. And everyone had a good time. It was great to see all those people there to support Legacy.”
The biggest news of the night was Ali Baiton becoming the youngest Legatee in Legacy Broken Hill, at age 23. Ms Baiton has been involved with Legacy through her family her whole life and it was time to make it official.
One of Ms Baiton’s missives is to bring Legacy Broken Hill in to the 21st century by increasing their online presence through social media, as well as normalising cashless payments at Legacy fundraisers.
“My dad is involved with Legacy, and I have been involved since he has been there. He is a former President [of Legacy], and I thought this year it was time to officially become a Legatee,” Ms Baiton told the Truth.
With the advancing median age of those involved in the work Legacy does locally, Ms Baiton says, “it is important to get some younger people involved and keep Legacy alive”.
“I want to help Legacy step into today a bit more. I helped introduce EFTPOS for our sausage sizzles so we can take cashless payments, and things like that. And I want to bring some social media presence to Legacy in Broken Hill as well.”
A $10,000 donation from the Broken Hill Gin Distillery wowed people at the event. Mr Winen told the Truth the donation would, “go toward supporting our Legacy widows.” The support Legacy provides comes in many forms including home maintenance, security, furniture, modifications to the home, and loans.
Broken Hill celebrity Barb Gauci was in attendance on her 80th birthday and in a surprise to Ms Gauci, a birthday cake was wheeled out and the entire room sang Happy Birthday in what was a touching moment, and a public showing of the care Legacy has for the people it looks after.