Three of Wagga’s iconic music groups will be joining forces to help raise funds for Legacy Wagga.
The Australian Army Band Kapooka will be supported by local singing groups Murrumbidgee Magic Chorus and Wagga City Rugby Male Choir for what the organisers promise will be a night for everyone to enjoy.
Fred Hazelwood, president of Legacy Wagga, said the organisation cares for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans.
“Wagga Legacy cares for 650 widows,” he said. “We have 166 legatees that care for all those widows.”
Legacy started in Tasmania after World War I and Wagga Legacy became the sixteenth club in Australia in 1932.
“It was to help returned soldiers to get back into the normal stream of living after their traumatic experience,” Mr Hazelwood said.
“A lot of the people were injured so Legacy would stand up and help them and their wives and also their dependents.
Legacy conducted its service from different locations but finally settled when the current 1893 bonded-brick home at 64 Tompson Street was bought in 1955.
Mr Hazelwood said for their work to continue, they needed the support of the community.
“We need the finance to help carry on our work with the widows and the dependents,” he said. “In some cases, we have the mother and the father affected by post-traumatic stress disorder or physical disability and we lend a hand.”
Julie Webber, the assistant director of Murrumbidgee Magic Chorus, said they had worked with Legacy before and were keen to lend a hand.
“We like to put into the community,” she said. “It is such a wonderful cause and it’s another community aspect we could add to.”
Dave Mundy, president of the Wagga City Rugby Male Choir, said the Legacy Concert is the best way to contribute.
“This is the best way to support a charity,” he said. “Come along and enjoy yourself and give money to a good cause.”
For more information and tickets, contact the Wagga Civic Theatre Box Office.