This week is Legacy Week in Australia. Throughout our country, there are many who can say they are a Legacy Kid. My Mum was one. Furthermore, as you may know Simon Turner of the Marquette Turner team is a military veteran, so for all of us Legacy is very close to our hearts.
Legacy is a voluntary organization of veterans, servicemen and women and other volunteers who act as mentors to the widows and their families and care for the families of deceased veterans. Currently they care for 115,000 widows and 1,900 children throughout Australia.
Supporting young families and children, aging and vulnerable widows, dependents with disabilities, protection for defence force families, pension advocacy and assisting through their time of bereavement.
After the Great War of 1914-1918 in Gallipoli, Palestine, France and Flanders, some who returned felt their business colleagues failed to assist the men returning from battle. One of them was General Sir John Gellibrand who lived in Hobart and in 1923 he founded the Remembrance Club.
The aim of this club was to encourage returned servicemen to enter into business. Stanley Savige, who also served in Gellibrand’s brigade staff visited Hobart and upon his return to Melbourne, he and a group of ex-servicemen set up a similar club, holding their inaugural meeting in ANZAC House, Melbourne. In 1925 it was suggested that they should look into the caring of children of deceased servicemen. The proposal was accepted and Legacy found its soul. The legacy of care continues today.
Legacy relies on the generosity of the Australian community to provide not only money, but their time and interest. Come on Australia, give what you can.
As you may know Simon Turner of the Marquette Turner team is a military veteran, so for all of us Legacy is very close to our hearts.
Visit the Legacy website HERE