Original wives of Legacy members Audrey Lawrence, Mildred Goldsmith and Freda Lowe cuddle commemorative teddy bears at the Legacy launch on Maryborough’s Town Hall green.
Original wives of Legacy members Audrey Lawrence, Mildred Goldsmith and Freda Lowe cuddle commemorative teddy bears at the Legacy launch on Maryborough’s Town Hall green. Robyne Cuerel

Cannon blast signals launch

THE firing of the Maryborough time cannon yesterday signified the launch of 2012 Badge Week and the biggest fundraiser of the year for Legacy group on the Fraser Coast.

Over the next week, dozens of businesses will sell armed forces bears, Kokoda statues, flags and badges to help widows and children of deceased veterans on the Fraser Coast and Burnett region.

The group hopes to match last year's total of $60,000.

Legacy Group Fraser Coast and Country Burnett president Jim Martin fired the cannon at Maryborough Town Hall yesterday morning for the opening alongside Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell.

The group helps more than 850 widows and children from the region through financial assistance, education assistance and other means.

Mr Martin said the annual budget to help the widows ran at more than $130,000.

Legacy widow Freda Lowe sat front row at the Maryborough Town Hall green yesterday to mark the Badge Week launch.

Her husband, who served as a pilot in the Second World War, passed away four years ago.

Ms Lowe said the group was always looking for new volunteers to help veterans from the Korean, Vietnam and Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

"There are younger widows and children who still need help," she said.

The Fraser Coast group has about 80 volunteers, nicknamed Legatees.



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