LEGACY members and an army of helpers will be out in force collecting for its annual badge day this Friday.
Badge chairman Terry Morrissey said Legatees would be joined by helpers from the Warrnambool Laurel Club, the Warrnambool Returned Servicemen’s League, the Vietnam Veterans Association and the Army Reserve for the collection.
“This is our main fund-raising event for the year,” he said.
Warrnambool Legacy was formed in 1947 and its primary task is to look after the widows and children of deceased ex-service personnel.
It has 64 active members looking after 476 widows and 15 dependants in Warrnambool, Port Fairy, Mortlake, Derrinallum, Cobden, Timboon, Camperdown and Terang districts.
“Over the years Legacy has financially supported children through university and arranged for teenagers to attend Legacy camps,” Mr Morrissey said.
“Recent overseas conflicts, including East Timor, Solomon Islands, Afghanistan and Iraq, mean there is even more work for Legacy.
‘‘The widows are visited regularly and receive a special gift at Christmas.”
Mr Morrissey said a group for widows, the Laurel Club, held events throughout the year.
“We help the widows with any matters they may need assistance with, such as contact with the Department of Veterans Affairs, pensions, finances and most importantly their welfare.
“Each Legatee is responsible for looking after the welfare and interests of the widows in his or her care,” he said.