Steph Cooke

NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is encouraging the community to support Legacy Week, the annual appeal to care for the families of veterans who have served for our country.

Ms Cooke said funds raised from Legacy Week assist approximately 60,000 people with services such as counselling, housing, medical, advocacy and social support.

“In a normal year we would see Legacy badges on lapels across our communities, a visible show of support for the families of our veterans, particularly those who have lost loved ones or continue to care for them,” Ms Cooke said.

“While this Legacy Week cannot be marked in the usual way, it is still a fantastic opportunity to show our appreciation to veterans’ families and I encourage everyone to get online and show their support.”

Legacy Week is now in its 78th year and will be held until Saturday,September 5.

The current social restrictions should not stop us from supporting this very worthwhile cause. Thousands of Australian men and women are currently serving overseas and Legacy stands ready to assist their families when needed.

Legacy president Gregory Wrate said Legacy had held a badge day since 1942 to raise funds to support the widows and families of veterans who have died, been severely injured or left with mental health issues as a result of their military service.

“This year will be tough with the reduced opportunity to do any face-to-face fundraising and the inability to engage with the public but the health of the community and our many volunteers and supporters is more important,” Mr Wrate said.

“This Legacy Week, I am asking Australians to consider donating online to allow us to continue providing financial, educational and emotional support to our beneficiaries.”

To donate online, please visit www.legacyweek.com.au.