Legatees embark on mission

BENDIGO legatees will be out in force this week, as the organisation gears up for its major fundraiser. 

Legacy Week runs until September 6 and supports families whose loved ones have given their lives or health for their country. 

Bendigo Legacy president Judi Perry said the city's arm of the charity stretched from Swan Hill to Gisborne and from Wycheproof to Echuca. 

She said the charity supported about 1700 widows and was made up of 150 legatees. 

"We are a non-for-profit organisation and all the money stays in Bendigo," she said.

"It goes to helping widows in the Bendigo area."

Ms Perry said legatees would be selling badges, pens, bears and other items. 

She said any donation, big or small, was appreciated. 

"It's a really good cause," she said. 

"Lots of the widows don't have any family. 

"The smiles we see on their faces when we drop in for a chat (are heart warming)."

Ms Perry said Bendigo legatees would man a stall at the Bendigo Marketplace every day this week. 

She said they would be selling badges in the CBD and at major supermarkets on Friday and Saturday. 

Ms Perry said the organisation was the only type of its kind in Australia. 

For more, visit www.legacy.com.au/bendigo/BendigoLegacy

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