French Minister for Veterans’ Affairs donates 12,000$ to the War Widows’ Guild of Australia ACT chapter [fr]
On Sunday 20th afternoon at the Residence of France, on the occasion of his visit to Australia, the French Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Jean-Marc Todeschini, handed over a cheque for 12 thousand Australian dollars to the War Widows’ Guild of Australia ACT chapter represented by Elaine Pennock, Vice President of the War Widows’ Guild of Australia ACT chapter.
The money was raised through a silent auction held by the Embassy of France during its Bastille Day event at the Australian War Memorial, last 14th of July. This Bastille Day was a very important day for the French-Australian friendship as Australia was the guest of Honor at the military parade down the Champs-Elysées in Paris.
Founded in 1945, the Guild is a self-help, charitable organisation, formed by women for women. There are currently approximately 74,000 war widows across Australia. The purpose of the Guild is to enable war widows (whose average age is now 88 years), to live their lives with dignity and to promote and protect the interests of war widows.
The Ambassador of France to Australia, His Excellency Christophe Lecourtier, admired the work that the War Widow’s Guild of Australia does to support war widows in the ACT, and thus chose it to be the beneficiary of the silent auction.