Broadford RSL president James Evans, left, committee members Chris Fing with the tongs and Mandy Fing to his right, with RSL and community members at the Veterans Breakfast last Saturday.

Broadford RSL last week hosted a veterans’ breakfast, providing an opportunity for community members who may be feeling isolated to get out of their homes and socialise.

Occurring once a month, the breakfast has already seen a positive response with community members, RSL members and Mitchell Shire veterans attending the four events so far this year.

Committee member Mandy Fing said the idea of the breakfast was to get people back in a social setting after a long period of isolation.

“We just thought we wanted to do something to try and get a little bit more community involved,” she said.

“There might be veterans out in the community that have, especially after COVID, become a bit isolated. They might just need something to get them out of the house and get back into society.”

About half of the attendees are RSL members, with the other half consisting of veterans from the community, including Kilmore, Wallan, and Seymour, as well as members of the public.

Broadford RSL hopes to continue hosting breakfasts in the future, with everyone welcome to turn up whenever suits them.

“If anyone ever wants to turn up, doors are always open and so we’d love to see people come down and just get involved. It’s not about joining the RSL,” Mrs Fing said.

“It’s just about spending some time with likeminded people and just being able to have a chat and catch up.”

Breakfasts are from 8.30am on every third Sunday of each month at the Broadford RSL, at 27 Murchison Street, Broadford.

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