Torchbearers for Legacy, Laurieton celebrates 60th birthday

Happy birthday: Shirley Buckingham, Grace Taylor, Edna Lamb and Gloria Smith celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Torchbearers in Laurieton. The group raises money for Port Macquarie Hasting Legacy.
Happy birthday: Shirley Buckingham, Grace Taylor, Edna Lamb and Gloria Smith celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Torchbearers in Laurieton. The group raises money for Port Macquarie Hasting Legacy.

In its 60 years' operation, Torchbearers for Laurieton has raised a staggering $700,000.

Spokesperson Shirley Buckingham says the figure is only possible because of the kindness of the Camden Haven community.

At a luncheon on November 24, the group recognised its achievements.

Guests included Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams, mayor Peta Pinson and Joyce Smith from the RSL sub-branch.

"About 30 people attended the luncheon at the Laurieton United Services Club," Mrs Buckingham said.

"It was a lovely day where everyone was able to catch up.

"Our group boasts about 27 members and we all enjoy each other's company."

The group's main source of fundraising is the manning of bingo at LUSC two days week and selling raffle tickets outside Coles. They also sell badges during Legacy Week.

"We find the people of Laurieton to be very generous and supportive," Mrs Buckingham said.

"We wouldn't be able to do the work we do without their support.

"All funds we raise go to support Legacy initiatives."

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