The generosity of Wagga has been praised, following a successful Legacy Week campaign.
Residents were last week urged to dig deep for the region-based charity, amid its biggest fundraising event of the year.
Legacy’s regional administration and accounting officer, Jenny Lovekin said $40,000 – excluding expenses –was the target.
“We haven’t finalised the amount yet, but we’ll come very close,” Ms Lovekin said. “We’re very happy.”
More than 250 volunteers, including servicemen and women took to Wagga streets – and surrounding towns – to sell the iconic Legacy badges, bears, wristbands and other items.
“We couldn’t do it without those guys,” Ms Lovekin said. “They were great.”
Money raised is set to assist more than 650 Legacy supported families across the region.
But the charity does not only look after members who have suffered the death of a former serviceman or woman, it also assists families of injured ADF personnel and those impacted by PTSD.
“We were concerned we might not get as much money this year, with other fundraisers going on, like Buy a Bale,” Ms Lovekin said. “But people were very generous in Wagga.”
Legacy associate Josie Hazelwood said Kapooka staff had brought class and colour to Wagga on Friday for Badge Day, selling charity’s merchandise up and down the city’s main street.
“They do this every year,” Mrs Hazelwood said. “They look great in their uniforms and always do a roaring trade.”