THE WHEEL MAN: Alf Green behind the wheel of his new, modified car with Mildura RSL manager, Kim Archibald, and Lime Therapy’s director clinical services Renee Kelly.
By PAUL MENSCH
FOR many years, World War Two veteran Alf Green, 92, was an active member of the community despite only having one leg.
He would travel around the State with ease, and was involved in groups such as the Freemasons.
This all came to an end in August 2017, when Alf had to have his other leg amputated, taking away his ability to be self-reliant.
It was then that the Mildura RSL and Lime Therapy stepped up to give Alf a helping hand.
Alf was born in Mildura in 1926 and served in the RAAF during World War Two.
He re-enlisted in 1947 and was part of the occupational forces in Japan.
Alf lost his first leg nearly five years ago to diabetes, and had learned to cope getting around with one leg.
The loss of his second leg – again to diabetes – was really hard on Alf, both physically and emotionally, and his health suffered for a period of time.
Lime Therapy director clinical services, Renee Kelly, worked with Alf as he struggled to come to terms with his new situation.
Renee decided to contact the Mildura RSL to help facilitate funding required to purchase a car fitted out so that Alf could drive again.
Working in conjunction with Mildura RSL manager Kim Archibald, the pair were able to acquire $72,000 from RSL Victoria to modify a vehicle that enables Alf to drive without legs and become self-sufficient again.
Late last year a vehicle was purchased and sent to Melbourne where Freedom Motor Company completed the modifications before Alf took lessons in his new vehicle.
Alf says that he is absolutely delighted with his new-found mobility.
“I now have an automatic car with hand controls and my driving glasses,” he said.
“I haven’t been driving in the city yet, I want to wait until I get a little more confident.”
Renee said that getting the car for Alf was truly a highlight of her year.
“I have worked with Kim and veterans for many years now and this is truly one of the best moments in that entire time,” she said.
“It just goes to show what the Returned Services League does to help veterans in our community.”