Help Legacy help veterans’ families this Legacy Week

Legacy Week. File photo.
Legacy Week. File photo.

Legacy Week is Australia’s iconic fundraising campaign which began in 1942.

It is also known for its Badge Day and the iconic badges and other memorabilia offered as a token of appreciation for the donation made by the public.

Legacy Week is the annual national appeal to raise awareness and funds for the families of our incapacitated and deceased Veterans.

It is held in towns and cities big and small across Australia and supported by young and old. 

Donations received in Yass and Boorowa go directly to support the 71 widows and widowers resident in Yass and Boorowa.

Why am I a Legatee and why do I support Legacy and stand around in the cold seeking donations?

Everyone needs a cause, and a charity to support.

Let me tell you my family’s “Legacy Story”.

My wife’s grandfather served in the Boer War, survived and then volunteered for service in the First World War.

Tragically he was killed at Lone Pine, Gallipoli – he is still there buried in the Lone Pine war Cemetery.

He had eight children.

Of those children one was killed at the Somme later in the war.

Another child was my wife’s mother who turned out to be a talented musician.

Legacy paid for her secondary and tertiary education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

She went on to be the first female piano soloist to perform with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Legacy support was the reason this happened and my involvement with Legacy now is my expression of thanks for how Legacy has helped my family.

The funds raised from Legacy Week help Legacy continue to assist approximately 60,000 beneficiaries, with 96 per cent of them being elderly widows throughout Australia, with essential services such as:

  • counselling
  • special housing
  • medical, advocacy and social support.

There are thousands of Australian Defence Force personnel currently deployed overseas. Legacy stands ready to assist their families should the worst happen.

In Boorowa, Legacy members will be selling badges outside the IGA in Boorowa on Thursday, September 6 and Friday, September 7.

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