Orange Legacy Club has thanked the community for its support after Legacy Week raised $20,000 and will help those in need for the next 12 months.
While the $20,000 figure is set to grow – the money raised is yet to be completely counted – Orange Legacy treasurer Knox O’Neil said the money would go towards widows and families of fallen soldiers.
Students from Canobolas Rural Technology High School and Kinross Wolaroi School both donated time to sell badges on Thursday and Friday last week, while members of the armed services were also selling badges.
“The army fellas were fantastic, they had full dress, one on Wednesday, one on Thursday and a couple on Friday – medals, red sash, people like a uniform,” Mr O’Neil said.
“The public are very generous, there are a lot of good causes we have to share with.”
He said the money would go to some of the 400 widows under the Legacy banner.
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“It will look after our fair ladies and give those in need a grant to help with electricity payments,” he said.
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“One ninety-year-old lady out past Nyngan, we’re paying her rates for the year because she can’t cope with them, two boys whose father served in the Solomon Islands and contracted a virus and was dead at 32, we’re putting them through school.
Legacy Orange chairman of the financial committee thanked businesses who supported Legacy during the week and the year.
L.J. Hooker’s Pat Cutcliffe said he had supported Legacy “for a number of years” and found it “a very worthwhile cause”.
“The money goes right to the cause and John and Knox and the rest of the crew down here do a lot of work to see that money goes where it’s needed,” he said.
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