SUPPORT for war widows is on the front line this week as Legacy launches its major annual fundraiser.
In its 90th year, Legacy is asking Australians to dig deep by buying an iconic badge to support the 100,000 families of veterans who gave their life or health as a member of the Australian Defence Force.
In the Bega district, there are approximately 100 widows Legacy looks after from Wolumla to Cobargo and Bemboka.
Bruce Crane from Bega Valley Legacy, which is part of the Wollongong and South Coast club, said Legacy provides a range of support for war widows, not necessarily financial aid.
“Most here are WW2 veterans so financial support is not as needed now as when they were raising children,” Mr Crane said.
“We look after our widows by mowing their lawns, organising contractors and so on.
“There are no hard and fast rules – if the widow needs something, Legacy steps in to help.”
Mr Crane said Legacy is also seen as a father figure for companionship and moral support for children of lost soldiers.
“There will always be a need for Legacy to look after war widows and families,” he said.
To that end, this week’s Legacy Week is its major fundraising push so its work can continue.
“We do have great support from the community and business houses here,” Mr Crane said.
“This is the week we go out and ask for money, but we will accept it all year round,” he added with a smile.
Mr Crane and Bega Valley Legacy will be selling fundraising merchandise this Thursday and Friday in Ayres Walkway, Bega.
Badges, wristbands, pens and other merchandise will also be available at local partner outlets including Telstra stores, Commonwealth Bank branches and Dan Murphy’s.
Visit www.legacy.com for more information on the charity or to donate online.