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Sights set on a good cause

Friday, 18th May, 2012

CHALLENGE ISSUED: John Bacich is hoping plenty of shooters show their support for Legacy at the Diggers Day shoot on Sunday. CHALLENGE ISSUED: John Bacich is hoping plenty of shooters show their support for Legacy at the Diggers Day shoot on Sunday.

By Darrin Manuel

The city’s gun owners will step up to help local war widows this weekend at the annual Diggers Day shoot.

The event will be held on Sunday at the Silver City Rifle Range on Tibooburra Road, and is open to all licenced shooters over 12 years of age.

All proceeds from the target shoot will go to the local Legacy branch to assist with their work in town. 

Silver City and National Servicemen’s Rifle Club member John Bacich was full of bravado ahead of the big meeting, goading would-be sharpshooters into a showdown. 

“I’m only an average shooter but I challenge everyone!” he said

“I’ll throw down the gauntlet... we might end up getting a few extra people come down just to beat me,” he laughed.

Mr Bacich, who previously served as chairman for Legacy, was far more serious when describing the importance of the fundraiser to the local branch.

The shoot can contribute up to $800 to Legacy coffers, with the money used to help war widows remain in their homes.

Legacy assists with household repairs, the installation of ramps, handrails and smoke alarms, heating bills, and a variety of other services.

“Aside from widows from Vietnam all our widows are up around 80 years of age now, and at that age you can be borderline on going into a home,” said Mr Bacich.

“We do all we can so they can keep living at home because we know there just isn’t enough aged care in Broken Hill.

“But anything can go wrong in the home and we do a lot of repairs - we could spend a lot more money if we had it.

“The demand is just greater than what we have, so every little bit of fundraising helps.”

Shooters wishing to assist Legacy are encouraged to lodge their nomination at the range clubhouse at 8.30am on Sunday.

The event will begin with a .22 rimfire shoot at 60 yards at 9am, followed by a centrefire (target, sporting or 303 rifle) shoot at 1pm.

Nomination is $20 for adults, $15 for juniors (12-18 years) and a gun licence must be displayed when nominating.

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