LEGACY BEARS: Pictured are Ballina High School students with the Legacy Bears (from left) Joshua Rose, Kate Sheehan and Declan Donald. Legacy Badge (and bear) Day is Friday, September 6. Photo Graham Broadhead / Ballina Shire Advocate
LEGACY BEARS: Pictured are Ballina High School students with the Legacy Bears (from left) Joshua Rose, Kate Sheehan and Declan Donald. Legacy Badge (and bear) Day is Friday, September 6. Photo Graham Broadhead / Ballina Shire Advocate Graham Broadhead

Show that you care

NEXT week, you can show you care about war widows in the shire by buying a Legacy bear.

Legacy Week commences with a memorial service at noon on Sunday, followed by a luncheon.

Then, on September 6, Legacy Badge Day, local high school students will be out on the streets selling badges and bears.

This is the first year the bears, each dressed in the uniform of one of our three defence forces, have been sold.

There are 550 widows in Ballina Shire, and three Legacy wards.

Legacy was born in the trenches of the First World War with a promise to a dying Digger that his family would be looked after.

There are currently thousands of Australian Defence Force personnel deployed overseas.

Ros Mayberry, spokeswoman for Ballina Legacy, said, "Legacy stands ready to assist their families should the worst happen".

"We can be very proud of Australia's commitment to the Legacy family. Nowhere else in the world is there an equivalent non-government organisation which accepts responsibility for looking after the families of their fallen servicemen and women," she said.


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