The Spirit of Invictus – Iris and daughter Karen with The Hospital Research Foundation’s Relationship Officer and Invictus Games Australian Wheelchair Basketball Captain Brendan Hardman
Iris Moore’s appreciation for our servicemen and women began more than 70 years ago when she met her future husband Ian, a WWII army veteran, while she was working for the South Australian Railways.
“It was love at first sight. I was working as a ticket collector and Ian was an assistant stationmaster.
I knew I had to find a way to meet him so one day I ‘accidentally’ missed my train so that I would
have an opportunity to speak to him. From that time on we were inseparable and I knew that we would spend our lives together.”
Iris and Ian were married for nearly 60 years and lived in many towns across South Australia
with Ian holding many positions including Superintendent of the Railways.
“We moved 22 times in 29 years, which with a family was challenging at times, however we met so many kind people who made us feel welcome no matter where we were; and we had each other.”
The couple eventually settled in Adelaide and over the years Ian visited the Repat for check-ups and treatment.
“He always received wonderful care. To this day, I believe our veterans, no matter their age, deserve the very best,” Iris said.
“While Ian has since passed away, I continue to admire the work our veterans do – I really respect their courage and sacrifice.”
It is this courage, coupled with some steely determination, that ensured the 97-year-old would be front and centre at this year’s Invictus Games in Sydney. Together with her daughter Karen, Iris attended as many events as she could, including tennis, swimming, athletics and sitting volleyball.
“When I came home I was so inspired by the veterans I had watched compete at the Games that I wanted to find a way to do more to help them. After talking to my wonderful family, I decided that in addition to my regular donations, I would leave a gift in my will.”
Iris’s support of The Road Home serves to honour and recognise the war service of her husband Ian and that of all our veterans. We are extremely grateful for her generosity and commitment.
If you would like to learn more about leaving a gift in your will to support the people who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us, please call us on 08 7002 0880.