Aussie startup Cardly has stepped up to give Australians a way to directly honour and thank our veterans and their families, following the ANZAC Day event cancellations due to the COVID-19 crisis. It is working closely with veterans organisations such as Legacy, War Widows Guild, and RSL Lifecare to help get ‘thank you’ cards to veterans and their families.

The bespoke cards are designed by independent artists and are accompanied by messages that are made to look handwritten. Moreover, Cardly offers an eco-friendly card delivery service as cards are made using plant-friendly stock. Anyone can hop onto the Cardly website, select a design and create a digital card, which can subsequently be printed and mailed.

The cards cost $4 and all profits from card sales will go to Legacy, a charity providing services to Australian families suffering after the injury or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service. The fundraising initiative will aid Legacy in lieu of physical fundraising that normally takes place at this time of year. For those who know a veteran or war widow in the community and wish to write a personal note, they can also go through Cardly’s main website and money from any Anzac Day design will still go towards this cause.

John Hutcheson, CEO of Legacy Club Services said, “This year, many of the widows that Legacy supports in nursing homes will not be able to attend ceremonial events to commemorate Anzac Day in person due to the increased regulation around safety and restricted access to other family members. I am extremely grateful to Cardly for partnering with Legacy to raise awareness of the widows and families that Legacy supports and raise much-needed funds. I know that this work and your purchase of a card will bring a smile to the face of our isolated beneficiaries.”

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