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    ONLINE: Wimmera Legacy president Dr Barbara Wellington with husband John, left, and secretary Neville Smith.

Wimmera Legacy week goes online

Wimmera Legacy has joined Ararat Legacy and other branches in asking the community to continue to support its service to war widows despite coronavirus-imposed fundraising restrictions.

This year’s Badge Week is continuing in a revamped format until Saturday and has the theme: Little Badge, Big Impact.

Badge Week is the major fundraiser for the non-profit organisation, which operates without government help.

Wimmera Legacy supports more than 150 widows across the Wimmera and southern Mallee.

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Last year’s Wimmera Legacy Badge Week appeal raised $25,000.

President Barbara Wellington said because legatees and volunteers were unable to canvas for donations in the streets or visit premises in Horsham and surrounding towns, people could support the appeal in any of three ways: 

• Online donations through the Wimmera Legacy website home page by clicking on the ‘Donate to Legacy’ icon and following the directions. All donations from people with Wimmera and southern Mallee postcodes will be forwarded to Wimmera Legacy.

• Direct payment to Wimmera Legacy bank account BSB 633000, account number 141837351 with payments marked Badge Week.

• Merchandise usually offered during Badge Week can be ordered by emailing: Items for sale include badges from $2 to $50, $20 bears, keyrings, wristbands and pens. 

The national organisation, formed almost a century ago promising support to the wives of deceased veterans during hardship and grief, continues to rely on the generosity of the community for continued support.

“We know this is a difficult time for many people, but care for our widows continues and Badge Week sales and donations help cover costs,” Dr Wellington said.

People seeking further information can call secretary Neville Smith on 0427 821 510.

The entire September 2, 2020 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!