Legacy fundraising week begins Monday 30 August and runs until Sunday 4 September.
Kingborough Mayor, Paula Wriedt said Legacy is a uniquely Australian not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting Australian Defence Force (ADF) families following the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent after service.
“Legacy cares for approximately 100 widows in Kingborough and provides services to over 800 widows and 25 children in Southern Tasmania,” Cr Wriedt said.
“This is an important time for Legacy and the only week where volunteers step out to raise funds for this very important organisation.
“Kingborough has an active Widows Club, who meet regularly at 10am on the second Wednesday of the month, at the Kingston Beach RSL Club rooms.”
Major General Steve Smith, AM, CSC, RFD (Retd), a Tasmanian born and bred Senior Army Officer who lives in Kingborough, said he very much enjoyed meeting people while he raised money for Legacy week.
“I’ve collected for a couple of years now and what amazes me is that people from all walks of life, gladly make donations – very often without wanting anything in return,” Major General Smith said.
“It is very encouraging to think that our community are so generous towards the Armed Forces and understand that Legacy is supporting those family members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
“I served in operations in Iraq in 2006, so I have first-hand experience when it comes to understanding loss through war.
“Being able to give my time and to inspire our community in support of such a worthwhile cause is extremely satisfying.”