COLAC’S Returned Services League is raising money to restore historic First World War honour boards bearing the names of soldiers who died.
Karen Jarvis said the honour boards, currently in storage, bore the names of Colac and district residents who died during the war.
“We have at least 10 of these some in very poor condition and names are starting to wear off,” she said.
“These honour boards display a listing of every soldier that made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives in the Great War.
“I thought it was so sad the names were wearing off and I thought it would be a good idea to get them restored.”
Ms Jarvis said she and the RSL were planning to raise the money for the restoration and a wall display case throughout the year, including at an Anzac Ball on April 17.
Ms Jarvis said the boards were important artefacts to the Colac district and hoped they would go on display once restored.
“Most of these men left their farms, left loved ones to never return. It is important that we honour their sacrifice for generations to come,” she said.
“The honour boards are from Colac and little surrounding areas including Beeac, Larpent, and Eurack.
The ball will feature live music from the 10-piece Big Bash Band.
“The main aim is to get that restored and ensure that memorabilia lives on.”