West Australians are being urged to give generously to the annual Legacy Week appeal, which hits the streets of Perth today.
Legacy Week donations support more than 3500 Defence Force widows, families and children of soldiers who have lost their lives or health during or following conflicts from World War I to today.
Despite fundraising efforts being smaller than normal as a result of COVID-19, Legacy CEO Vivian Blycha said thankfully in WA the charity was able to conduct a street appeal, with volunteers setting up at train stations and shopping centres.
“Legacy Week is a way for the Western Australian community to show support for local widows and families whose loved ones have served our country,” she said. “Legacy badges may be small, but the funds they raise make a big impact to the lives of those who have given up so much and need us to continue to stand by their side during the tough times.
“These families have seen their loved ones leave our shores to serve in wars throughout time, from World War II and Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq. Many never made the journey home and others returned bearing the physical or mental scars of war.
“Legacy also supports families whose husbands died many years after serving our nation.”
“All are equally deserving of our respect and support for the sacrifices their families have made for their country.”
Volunteers will be stationed in the Murray Street and Henderson Street malls and at several stations selling Legacy badges .
They will also be at shopping centres in Armadale, Warwick, Maddington, Karrinyup, Mandurah and Dianella on Saturday.
The money raised goes towards things such as supporting widows i and providing veterans’ children with school uniforms and books to support them in tertiary education.