QUEANBEYAN Legacy Club and allied clubs in Eden-Monaro are asking members of the public to dig deep and buy an iconic badge next week to support the 100,000 families of veterans who gave their lives or health as members of the Australian Defence Force.
Born out of a promise of mateship in World War 1 after a digger told his dying mate he would look after his wife and kids, Legacy support includes:
-Pensions and advocacy entitlements
-Emergency medical alarms for the frail and elderly
-Social isolation, medical and financial assistance; and
-Helping with children's education by contributing to school fees, books, uniforms and recreational activities and holiday camps.
President of Queanbeyan-Eden-Monaro Legacy Legatee Richard Gregory said it doesn't matter if you're 100 years of age or in your 20s.
"The organisation's role in the community is as real now as it ever has been," he said.
"Across Australia, we have more than 400 widows over 100 and more than 250 widows under the age of 50 with young children…and many thousands in between."
"We call on all Australians to recognise the sacrifice that they have made and buy a badge this week," he said.