ORANGE residents have traditionally been great supporters of Legacy and this week the spotlight is on the importance of fundraising to support the city’s 200 war widows and their children.
Yesterday the week was off to a strong start with a $2000 donation from Cadia Valley Operations, a civic reception for Legacy’s official guest Wendy Thompson, and a Legacy dinner hosted by the Rotary Club of Orange last night.
This morning soldiers from the 1/19th Bushmans Rifles at Romani Barracks will be heading out from Legacy House to start selling badges and other merchandise to raise funds for Legacy’s welfare work.
The momentum will continue tomorrow with the soldiers to be visible on the streets and in businesses asking for donations.
President of Orange Legacy John Howie said the organisation is thankful to businesses like Cadia Valley that provide support.
“We are just so grateful,” he said.
Later this week high school students will continue the fundraising efforts canvassing more businesses and other areas in Orange.
Mrs Thompson, president of the NSW branch of War Widows’ Guild of Australia said yesterday it is important the Legacy torch will continue to burn into the future.
As a war widow herself, losing her husband Keith in 1999, Mrs Thompson joined the War Widows’ Guild of Australia and soon became involved in guild activities.
“Legacy has such a long and proud history,” she said.
“And there is still plenty of work to do supporting widows with our youngest in Australia at age 27 and the oldest at age 104,” she said.