Wagga's Legacy Week has been cancelled for the second year in a row, leaving the charity without its major annual fundraiser for veterans and their families.
The Legacy Club of Wagga announced on Friday that the fundraising week, that was scheduled to start on Sunday and run until September 4, would no longer go ahead due to the regional NSW COVID-19 lockdown.
The week usually sees volunteers hit the streets to sell badges and armed services teddy bears to raise funds.
Wagga Legacy president Fred Hazelwood urged people to make an online donation so the charity could continue its work.
"We generally support widows of veterans, deceased veterans or families of veterans who are badly injured or mentally scarred from their service," he said.
"We also support members of the public who have a direct relationship with the Australian Defence Force through scholarships and we offer a couple of scholarships through TAFE each year.
"Most of our widows are Second World War widows, but we do have a number of families from the contemporary wars such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Legacy Week is a our main fundraising function for the year."
The Legacy Club of Wagga currently assists 435 widows, one widower, four people with disabilities, 17 children and eight families.
Legacy across Australia cares for thousands of other people.
Wagga volunteer Legatee Janet Scoble said people could make donations or purchase Legacy badges and teddy bears either online at legacy.com.au or visit Legacy House in Wagga at a later date to purchase items.
"Fundraising has been totally forced online but you can still buy a badge or a bear, or donate at that website," Mrs Scoble said.
"We know from last year that the money raised online does come back to our area; there's a provision online to put in your address or postcode so the money does come back to the area that you would like to support.
"It will go to support Legacy in Wagga and the other towns in the Riverina. It's not the same as Legacy Week but people can still donate."
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