Teddy bears join the ranks of Legacy’s volunteers

Legacy members (from left) Gwen Cross, Olive Francis, Anna Hollingsworth, Heather Morris and Lois Blain with the range of badges and teddies for sale. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Legacy members (from left) Gwen Cross, Olive Francis, Anna Hollingsworth, Heather Morris and Lois Blain with the range of badges and teddies for sale. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

TEDDY bear characters representing the three branches of Australia’s armed services will be on sale for the first time in Warrnambool at Legacy Badge Day on Friday, September 5.

Sales of the uniformed teddies and the traditional Legacy badges will be the principal fund-raiser for the Warrnambool Legacy branch, which looks after about 450 widows and 14 dependants of ex-service personnel in the city and surrounding areas.

Warrnambool branch executive officer Pam Davenport said the badges and bears would be sold by about 70 volunteers at 17 locations next Friday.

She said the volunteers would range from local secondary students to 95-year-old former serviceman Bill Sinclair.

Ms Davenport said the Warrnambool Legacy branch was active with 62 Legatees, many of whom were ex-service personnel, looking after the welfare of widows and dependants in an area from Port Fairy to Camperdown and north to Derrinallum.

Badge Day Warrnambool chairman Terry Morrissey said work done by Legacy included financial support to the children of ex-service personnel for university studies and for teenagers to attend Legacy camps.

He said a special Legacy club for widows, the Laurel Club, held regular social events throughout the year.

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