Leaving their Legacy

LEGACY WA managed to raise slightly more money this Anzac Day than previous years � despite having fewer service personnel collecting on the day.

Executive officer Rob Ratkovich said while counting was continuing, roughly $73,000 had been raised for the war veterans and widows� charity during the Gallipoli centenary.

Mr Ratkovich said Claremont was the best location outside of Perth�s CBD for collectors on the day.

�Perhaps it�s the volume of foot traffic, the generosity of people, the number of veterans who live in the area and we�ve got two barracks nearby, but the community spirit is always really giving,� he said.

Mr Ratkovcic said the charity had fewer service personnel collecting because of other obligations on Anzac Day.

The money will be used for the education of veterans� children and to assist war widows.

Legacy�s Family Connect service provides help to people such as families coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, a mother getting her child more nappies, or a widow who needs a casual job.

The organisation�s annual fundraising drive will be held from August 31 to September 4.

n Community Newspaper Group supported Legacy by donating part-proceeds from a commemorative wrap published around its newspapers in the days before Anzac Day.