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2011

2011 - Legacy

Past media releases - 2011



Harvey Norman raises $230,000 for Legacy

Legacy guest speakers at the Harvey Norman conference, Darwin.
Harvey Norman and their suppliers raised a massive $230,000 for Legacy at their bi-annual National Conference held in Darwin in May 2011. Money was raised on the night through auction items and pledges.

Guest speakers for the evening were the 'face of Legacy', Charlotte Thomas, National Marketing Manager Corene Strauss and former junior Legatee Ross McMamara (all pictured left).

The money raised was used to purchase communication technology to assist Legacy Clubs, welfare workers and the families Legacy supports.
Click here for more information.
Just some of the equipment
donated to Legacy Clubs.

20 Legacy Clubs around Australia received equipment in the form of laptops, phones, software, entertainment units, printers, photocopiers and accessories.

Legacy wishes to thank Harvey Norman and suppliers for their generous support.

Heroes Rugby Challenge in UK has a Legacy legend

Tony's grandparents Fred and Patricia Luxford at Tony’s Lanyard Parade in April this year.
Halfback Luxford taking on the British Army at the International Defence Rugby Cup has been selected in the Southern Hemisphere XV.

Some of rugby union’s greatest legends will run on to Twickenham Stadium in London on Saturday, December 3, 2011 for the ‘Heroes Rugby Challenge’.

The game will feature a Northern Hemisphere Help for Heroes XV taking on the Southern Hemisphere XV.

The aim of the fixture is to raise funds for 'the blokes': those men and women of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in the service of their country.

Proceeds from the charity match are targeted in excess of £1 million and will go towards helping fund the services which specialise in the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded servicemen and women in the UK, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

Click here to read the full story.

Defence and Industry Study Course 2011 raises $57,000 for Legacy

Participants of the 2011 Defence Industry Study Course (DISC) raised over $57,000 for Legacy’s vital services. The donation was presented to Legacy in Sydney on Remembrance day after the culmination of an intensive three week campaign by participants. The National Marketing Manager, Corene Strauss thanked the group for their outstanding efforts and indicated that that the funds equated to approximately 90 of the 600 Legacy kids being able to attend a holiday camp with others in the same situation as them.
The Defence and Industry Study Course is an initiative by the Australian Defence Force to share insights into the operations and needs of the ADF. The course aims to bring members of the Defence community together with Industry to enhance the relationships and communication between Defence and Industry. Run over three one week blocks during the course of the year, the program provides access to Defence and Industry establishments across the country, providing first hand experiences to members of the course.

Legacy thanks Max Crosier and the Macquarie Foundation for their $25,000 donation to the DISC fundraising efforts and all the participants who gave so generously.

Remembrance Day tribute - ABC 7.30 Report

ABC 7.30 Report
(Source: www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2011/s3361881.htm)

Aired Thursday, 10 November 2011

Leigh Sales interviews Legatee Gary Pearson and Dannielle Kitchen who lost her partner Corporal Richard Atkinson in February.

* This video footage is courtesy of the ABC 7.30 Report

Legacy offers support to families of Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan


2 November 2011

In the lead up to Remembrance Day 2011, Legacy stands ready to support the families of the Australian soldiers tragically killed in Afghanistan. Legacy will also look after any family whose partner is incapacitated and unable to look after their affairs.

On Saturday, 30 October, Corporal Ashley Birt, Lance Corporal Luke Gavin and Captain Bryce Duffy were killed in action and seven others wounded in the Kandahar province by a rogue Afghan soldier.

These deaths bring the total number of fatalities in Afghanistan to 32 including 11 soldiers in 2011 alone, and further highlights the contemporary need for Legacy today.

Legacy is a charity dedicated to caring for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans. Nationally, Legacy assists over 100,000 widows, and 1,900 children and people with a disability.

The demand for Legacy’s services is increasing, with tens of thousands of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel deployed over the recent years, and Australia continuing its commitment in the Middle East and various peace-keeping operations.

“This latest tragic incident once again highlights the need for Legacy today. Since the Iraq War in the 1990’s, there have been over 50,000 veterans created. Legacy’s role will always be needed to support the families of soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice,” said Mr Wright.

“Legacy was born out of a promise of mateship where a digger promised his mate that he would look after his wife and children back home. Through the work of Legacy, we continue that tradition and today we uphold that promise for the recently deceased soldiers’ families,” Mr Wright said.

For further information please contact Pulse Communications:
Lyndsey Gordon

Lyndsey@pulsecom.com.au
02 8281 3839
Gemma Crowley
Lyndsey@pulsecom.com.au
02 8281 3862
Tough Mudder is coming to Australia! 31 March and 1 April 2012
Its official, Tough Mudder is coming to Australia and will be raising funds for Legacy. This has to be the toughest event on the planet – check it out.

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Brisbane Water (NSW) Legacy celebrates 60th Anniversary


15 October 2011

Legatees enjoying the garden party.
Brisbane Water (NSW) Legacy celebrated its 60 years of service to the Central Coast at a Garden Party on Saturday 15th October 2011.

The Garden Party, held at the Point Frederick, which houses a village for widows and Legacy House, was attended by visitors from across the country, including Legatees, Local MP’s, Local Government representatives and special guest Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie, Retired Chief of Australian Army (2008-2011).

Legatee Rick Cranna was inducted as the President of Brisbane Water (NSW) Legacy for the next 12 months.

This event is the final party in the 60 year celebrations, which have included luncheons at locations across the central coast over the past week with almost 600 widows attending.

In 1951, Brisbane Water (NSW) Legacy was formed, with 84 families on the register, and 36 Legatees. In 2011, Legacy on the central coast continues to look after 2,900 widows, 11 children, and also 55 special need dependants.

In 1951, £1,500 was spent; in 2011 Legacy will spend $945,000, with all monies raised as a charity organisation through fundraising, or income from other Legacy ventures on the coast.

Brisbane Water (NSW) Legacy is one of the largest in the country, mainly due to the foresight of those who have been involved for the past 60 years, and the development and establishment of Units for Widows to live in at Gosford and Umina. Legacy also operates Aged Care Facilities at Wyoming and Norah Head for the whole community.

Brisbane Water (NSW) Legacy also provides Tertiary Education scholarships to the children and grandchildren of all Veterans, with over $250,000 provided in the past 10 years.

Legacy volunteer recognised on Port Stephens White Pages cover


3 October 2011

Salamander resident Ray Tucker has been selected to appear on the cover of this year’s Port Stephens Yellow Pages® and White Pages® book which will be distributed throughout Maitland, Cessnock, the Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens from 18 June 2011.

Each year, Sensis, the publisher of the Yellow Pages® and White Pages®, recognises the contribution of local residents in the community by featuring them on the cover of its books.

The theme for this year’s covers, Australians Creating a Better Future, recognises people throughout Australia who have made a positive contribution to their community through projects or initiatives that help to make a better future for Australia. These projects have contributed environmentally, economically and/or socially to the local community and will benefit the next generation of Australians.

Ray’s selection recognises his years of active involvement in his community, dedicating countless hours to a number of local organisations including Ronald McDonald House in the Hunter, Legacy War Widows and Relay for Life.

“Community support is such an important part of life. I think it is vital to lend a hand, and care for others in a time of need – whether you know them or not. I’m humbled to be recognised by Sensis as an Australian Creating a Better Future,” said Ray.

LEGACY OFFERS SUPPORT TO FAMILY OF AUSTRALIAN DIGGER KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN Legacy Week Sunday, 28 August – Saturday, 3 September

23 August 2011



In the lead up to Legacy Week, Legacy extends its deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and colleagues of Private Matthew Lambert tragically killed in Afghanistan overnight.

Private Lambert was a member of the Mentoring Task Force - Three (MTF-3) in Uruzgan Province and was killed in action after being wounded by what is believed to be an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the Khas Uruzgan region 85km north-east of Tarin Kot.

The death brings the total number of fatalities in Afghanistan to 29 including eight soldiers this year, and further highlights the need for Legacy services today.



Legacy is a charity driven by volunteers, that is dedicated to the welfare of widows and dependents of our Defence Force personnel killed in war, peacekeeping or hazardous service, or who have subsequently died. Nationally, Legacy assists over 100,000 widows, and 1,900 children and people with a disability.

Legacy Australia Chairman, Charles Wright said “Legacy’s thoughts are with the families of this soldier and his mates and we stand ready to support them during this very difficult time.


“Legacy was born out of a promise of mateship where a digger promised his mate that he would look after his wife and children back home. Through the work of Legacy, we continue that tradition and today we uphold that promise for the recently deceased soldier’s family,” Charles Wright said.

During Legacy Week 2011, starting Sunday, 28 August and running through to Saturday, 3 September, Legacy will be calling on the Australian community to show their support for the relatives of our deceased veterans.

“Australians can help Legacy ‘Keep the Promise’ by buying a badge during Legacy Week and wearing it with pride,” Charles Wright appealed.

Badges will be sold at selected Telstra T Life stores, Commonwealth Bank branches, Australia Post offices, Thales Australia offices, Dan Murphy’s stores and BWS stores and, as an endorsement of the contemporary nature need for Legacy today the two Victoria Cross winners Corporate Mark Donaldson and Corporate Ben Roberts-Smith will both be attending the Legacy week launch on Monday 29 August in Martin Place Sydney and laying a wreath for their fallen comrades.


Click here to read the Defence media release.
For further information please contact Pulse Communications:
Lyndsey Gordon

Lyndsey@pulsecom.com.au
02 8281 3839
Gemma Crowley
Lyndsey@pulsecom.com.au
02 8281 3862

Legacy appoints new Chairman




Legacy Australia has announced the promotion of Mr Charles Wright from Vice Chairman to Chairman. Mr Wright assumed the role as of 5 July 2011 following John Pepperdine’s departure due to health reasons.

Mr Wright says, “I feel very privileged to take up this post of Chairman and steer Legacy into its 90th anniversary in 2013. I look forward to leading our team as we continue to support veterans' families and communicate the contemporary need for Legacy’s support in today’s society.”

Mr Wright held the position of Vice Chairman for 18 months prior to his appointment. Previously, Mr Wright held the position as Legacy National Marketing Chairman and prior to this was President of Sydney Legacy from 2003 to 2005.



Born in 1945 in Melbourne and raised in Wagga Wagga NSW, Mr Wright is a Vietnam Veteran and served in 1967 with 6RAR. He was a founding member of the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Parade and served on the Australian War Memorial Board for 11 years. He was also Vice Chairman of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee.

Prior to retirement from full time work Charles was Chief Executive of the RSPCA for 11 years and was part of the All Creatures Great and Small campaign. He has also worked for number major corporations as a director and consultant.

Mr Wright lives in Sydney and is married to Christine and has a son, two daughters and six grandchildren and a lively young Australian Terrier called Ruby.

LEGACY TO 'RAISE A GLASS' IN THANKS OF $613,456 DONATION
5 July 2011

Legacy has received a $613,456 financial boost from this year’s Raise A Glass Appeal, which will help significantly bolster its welfare programs over the next year.

The donation, which was handed over at a special event in Melbourne last week, saw key representatives of Legacy, RSL and VB come together to celebrate the success of the 2011 Appeal and reflect on the real changes the funds raised during the Appeal will have on beneficiaries lives.

The Raise A Glass Appeal called on all Aussies to Raise A Glass on Anzac Day in support of our serving and ex-service men and women of the Australian Defence Force and their families. The Appeal also raised vital funds for the RSL and Legacy to support servicemen and women, and their families past and present.

Legacy Australia Chairman, L/Charles Wright said “Legacy is a charity dedicated to supporting Australian Defence Force families which are suffering financially and socially after the death or serious injury of their spouse or parent, during or after their active service.
We are very grateful for the support of VB and the Raise A Glass Appeal, and the money raised will go a long way in helping fund the welfare programs we run this year.”

The money received through this year’s Raise A Glass Appeal will help Legacy continue its compassionate supporting and allow Legacy to provide:


  • Winter heating allowances for Legacy’s struggling widows, as well as transferring widows over to gas and more carbon friendly methods
  • Youth Development programs such as camps for Legacy’s Junior Legatees
  • Over 4,400 holiday days for widows
  • Transport assistance to and from medical appointments and Legacy social events
  • Personal alarms systems for disadvantaged and isolated dependents of Legacy
  • Free dental checks Legacy’s Widows and Junior Legatees
To support the vital work of Legacy visit Legacy.com.au/DonateNow or to volunteer visit legacy.com.au/volunteer
For further information please visit Defence News or contact Pulse Communications:
Lyndsey Gordon

Lyndsey@pulsecom.com.au
02 8281 3839
LEGACY EXTENDS DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO FAMILY OF LATEST AUSTRALIAN SOLDIER KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN
7 June 2011

Legacy extends its deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and colleagues of the lastest Australian soldier to be killed in Afghanistan.
Sapper Rowan Robinson
Lance Corporal Andrew Jones
Lieutenant Marcus Sean Case
Twenty-three year old Sapper Rowan Jaie Robinson was serving with the Special Operations Task Group when he was tragically killed in action on Monday 6 June 2011.

This follows the news of a further two Australian soldiers who were tragically killed in Afghanistan in two separate incidents earlier this month.
Lance Corporal Andrew Gordon Jones, a 25 year old member of the Mentoring Task Force, was shot by an Afghan National Army soldier whilst undertaking guard duty at patrol base MASHAL in the Chorah Valley, and Lieutenant Marcus Sean Case,a 27 year old Australian Officer was killed when an Australian Chinook helicopter, which was undertaking a re-supply mission, crashed 90 kilometres east of Tarin Kot, in Zabul Province.
These deaths bring the total number of fatalities in Afghanistan to 27, and further highlight the need for Legacy services today.
Legacy is a charity driven by volunteers, that is dedicated to the welfare of widows and dependents of our Defence Force personnel killed in war, peacekeeping or hazardous service, or who have died subsequently.
Legacy Australia Chairman, John Pepperdine said “Legacy’s thoughts are with the families of these soldiers and their mates during this very difficult time and we stand ready to support the families and their partners. Our charitable organisation is committed to providing the same support to the families of Australia’s 3,000 men and women currently deployed on operations around the globe, to ensure they receive assistance and care that is needed at such times”.

Legacy assists more than 100,000 widows and 1,900 children and people with a disability across Australia. The charity provides tailored welfare support for individual needs which includes assistance with medical support, financial assistance, advocacy and education.

For further information please visit Defence News or contact Pulse Communications:
Lyndsey Gordon

Lyndsey@pulsecom.com.au
02 8281 3839
LEGACY EXTENDS DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO FAMILY OF SERGEANT BRETT WOODS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN
23 May 2011

Legacy extends deepest sympathy to the wife, family, friends, and the loved ones of Sergeant Brett Woods who was killed in action when he was struck by an IED. The soldier, originally from Victoria, was on his third deployment to Afghanistan with the Sydney based 2nd Commando Regiment.

Legacy’s thoughts also extend to the family of the two other soldiers, of the same regiment who was seriously wounded in the same incident.

Legacy is dedicated to the welfare of widows and dependents of our Defence Force personnel killed in war, peacekeeping or hazardous service, or who have died subsequently.

“Legacy stands ready to support the families of Australia’s 3,000 men and women currently deployed on operations around the globe to ensure they receive assistance and care that is needed at such times, and maintains a life-long commitment to serving Defence families as required” says Legacy Australia Chairman, John Pepperdine.

“Legacy’s thoughts are with the families of these soldiers and their mates during this very difficult time.”

The death of a soldier is a reminder of the extremely stressful environments endured by our Defence Force personnel. Legacy remembers those personnel who are deployed in hazardous duty and to this end remains dedicated in taking the steps necessary to help ease the ongoing burden Defence families face should tragedy occur.

“Tens of thousands of ADF personnel have been deployed to Afghanistan over recent years, and Australia’s continuing commitment in the Middle East and various peace-keeping operations sees a growing demand for Legacy’s services well into the future.

Legacy assists more than 100,000 widows and 1,900 children and people with a disability across Australia. We provide tailored welfare support for individual needs which includes assistance with medical support, financial assistance, advocacy and education”, John Pepperdine said.

Legacy relies on the financial support of the community. You can make a donation using your credit card, a cheque, money order or cash.

A Legacy spokesperson is available for media comment.


For further information please contact Pulse Communications:
Lyndsey Gordon

Lyndsey@pulsecom.com.au
02 8281 3839

ANZAC Day Legacy segment - 7PM Project on Channel 10

(Source: www.7pmproject.com.au/video)

Aired Monday 25 April, 2011

The Legacy segment is about 5 minutes in!
It includes interviews with Melbourne Legacy President, Chris Spence and Junior Legatee Joshua Carroll, aged 10 and his mother Kerry. And also Junior Legatees Tim and Jess Potter aged 12 and 14.


* This video footage is courtesy of the 7PM Project and Channel 10

War widows Breanna Till and Tess Crane tell of support from 'guardian angel' Gary Pearson



(Source: www.news.com.au - 24 April 2011)
Breanna Till and Tess Crane, whose partners made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in Afghanistan, are relying on an unusual guardian angel to guide them through the darkness. Ms Till's husband, Sergeant Brett Till, was killed defusing a bomb in March 2009, leaving behind two children and a then unborn son while Ms Crane's partner, Private Ben Chuck, died in a helicopter crash in Tarin Kowt last June.

Into the lives of the two grieving Sydney widows has stepped a 69-year-old retired banker offering desperately-needed support, guidance, advice and a shoulder to cry on. Gary Pearson is a volunteer carer with Legacy, the organisation which has helped over 100,000 ex-service families since World War I. Ms Till said his continuing help was a great comfort.
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Warner Music & Chegwin Productions Announce the final Three 'Diggers'


Warner Music Australia is delighted to announce today that the final selection process has been completed in their search for three real-life, serving members of the Army to join together in true Anzac spirit to become ‘The Diggers’.
‘The Diggers’ are a group of three vocally talented, serving soldiers from Australia and New Zealand whose recordings will raise funds for the well known charity, Legacy Australia. The group is modelled on the very successful UK ‘The Soldiers’ project which has raised close to $1 million for service related charities.
Sergeant David Fiu from the New Zealand Army has served for over ten years, and comes from a musical background. He has represented his country at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo on several occasions as well as at the Anzac Day commemorations in Gallipoli (amongst many other events). He is currently with the New Zealand Army Band and claims that being able to be in the NZ Army and also be a musician truly is ‘living the dream!’
Corporal Troy Rooney is from 1 Military Police Alpha Company in Townsville, and his father Michael Rooney served in Borneo, Malaysia and Vietnam. His sole reason to join the forces was to proudly follow in his father’s footsteps and serve his country. His military career spans over ten years, and he has served in both East Timor and Afghanistan.
Captain James McGarrigle is from 2 Health Support Battalion, Enoggera. He originally enlisted as a soldier in 1995, before re-enlisting as an officer in 2006 – graduating from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in 2007. He has served in Iraq, and has recently been involved with the military support following the Queensland floods/cyclone disasters.
‘The Diggers’ are expected to perform ‘Coming Home’ at the AFL game on Monday April 25. ‘Coming Home’ will be available for purchase on that day from from this page www.legacy.com.au/TheDiggersAU. You will also be able to donate on this same page from Thursday 21 April 2011.
An album combining "Coming Home" and a selection of emotional Australian and international classics will be put together directly after the AFL game on Monday 25 April, by the same production team responsible for The Soldiers. Fund raising and promotional activities will continue throughout 2011.
For further information please contact your local Warner Music representative OR

Victoria Ciesiolka
Warner Head of Press
Phone: (03) 9623 9007
Email :
Victoria.ciesiolka@warnermusic.com
Kaidee Grzankowski
Warner National Press Coordinator
Phone : (02) 9950 1500
Email :
kaidee.grzankowski@warnermusic.com

The Diggers to Perform AFL's ANZAC Day Challenge on Monday 25 April 2011!




Warner Press Release 19 April, 2011


Warner Music Australia is delighted to announce today that it has officially reached an agreement with the Australian Army that will allow the group ‘The Diggers’ to perform at the Anzac Day Challenge game between Essendon and Collingwood at the MCG on April 25.

‘The Diggers’ are a group of three vocally talented, serving soldiers from Australia and New Zealand whose recordings will raise funds for the well known charity, Legacy Australia. The group is modelled on the very successful UK ‘The Soldiers’ project which has raised close to $1 million for service related charities.
Tony Harlow, Managing Director - Warner Music Australia said "The AFL and the ANZAC day celebration match provided the energy that led us to re-enter talks with the Army. It soon became clear that everyone wanted this to happen and was prepared to work together. We are sorry for the misrepresentation of the situation in recent national press, and are grateful to the Australian Army for agreeing to reopen discussions to reach our mutual goal of making this worthy cause happen"
In good faith, Warner Music Australia has also committed to make a sizeable up-front donation to Legacy, as well as an increase to the ongoing amount of royalties it will provide on every album sold.
A Defence spokesperson said that the Army remains very supportive of the project and is excited by the potential benefits to Legacy Australia. “The Australian Army and Legacy have a longstanding relationship and a strong history of mutual support. We are hopeful that the project will be successful and that the Australian public will get behind the initiative.”
For further information please contact your local Warner Music representative OR

Victoria Ciesiolka
Warner Head of Press
Phone: (03) 9623 9007
Email :
Victoria.ciesiolka@warnermusic.com
Kaidee Grzankowski
Warner National Press Coordinator
Phone : (02) 9950 1500
Email :
kaidee.grzankowski@warnermusic.com

Legacy Calls on Australians to Remember Those Left Behind this Anzac Day


Press Release 19 April, 2011
This ANZAC Day, Legacy is calling on Australians to remember serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force Personnel and the families which are suffering financially and socially after the death or serious injury of a spouse or parent, during or after their active service.
Australians can mark their remembrance by participating in the 2011 VB Raise A Glass Appeal, and raising a glass to remember our serving and ex-service men and women of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and their families.
The VB Raise A Glass Appeal raises vital funds for the RSL and Legacy to support servicemen and women, and their families past and present.
The funds raised for Legacy will go towards providing caring, compassionate support for the families left behind through pension advocacy, counseling, special housing, medical, and social support. Plus, nurturing children’s education by contributing towards school fees, books, uniforms, and recreational activities to aid their self development and confidence.
Legacy Australia Council, Chairman Legatee John Pepperdine said “It has long been a tradition for Australians to raise a glass to serving and ex-service men and women on ANZAC Day. This year we want Australians to take it one step further and think about those who have been left behind.
By donating to the VB Raise A Glass Appeal Australians will be providing vital funds, which will help the 100,000 widows, and 1,900 children and people with a disability throughout Australia that Legacy assists.”
Over the years, the VB Raise A Glass Appeal campaign has raised in excess of $2.4 million for the RSL and Legacy, with one hundred per cent of the money generated by the Raise A Glass Appeal evenly divided between the two organisations.
This year VB has contributed $1 million to the Appeal and Legacy is calling on the Australian public to show their support for the campaign by making a contribution too. Australians can do this at www.raiseaglass.com.au

For more details and information about the VB Raise A Glass Campaign please CLICK HERE

A Legacy spokesperson is available for media comment as are recipients of Legacy’s support.

For more information please contact Pulse Communications:

Lyndsey Gordon
Phone: 02 8281 3839
Email :
Lyndsey@pulsecom.com.au
Jacinta Frilay
Phone : 02 8281 3877
Email :
Jacinta@pulsecom.com.au

Corporal Mark Donaldson VC raises his glass in 2011


Press Release 6 April, 2011

Australia’s favourite beer, VB, today launched the 2011 Raise A Glass Appeal. Now in its third year, the Appeal calls on all Aussies to Raise A Glass on Anzac Day in support of our serving and ex-service men and women of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and their families.

This year’s Appeal is spearheaded by a new television commercial featuring Corporal Mark Donaldson VC. Corporal Donaldson, who has a close association with Legacy after growing up as a Junior Legatee, has pledged his support to the Raise A Glass Appeal by sharing his story.
The 30 second television commercial created by Droga5 features Corporal Mark Donaldson VC enjoying a BBQ with a few close mates. Set against the sounds and the flickers of the burning BBQ his story of mateship is told. The commercial closes with Mark Donaldson VC speaking about the importance of the Raise A Glass Appeal, urging Australians to show support for the Appeal by making a contribution in 2011. Corporal Mark Donaldson VC also features in a 15 second television commercial in uniform doing a direct to camera piece. The television commercials were shot in Sydney on the 22nd February and will air from today.
The VB Raise A Glass Appeal will raise vital funds for the RSL and Legacy to support servicemen and women, and their families past and present. To date, the campaign has raised in excess of $2.4 million for the RSL and Legacy, with one hundred per cent of the money generated by the Raise A Glass Appeal evenly divided between the two organisations.
In keeping with the last two years, VB will kick start the fundraising by contributing $1 million to the Appeal, encouraging the Australian public to show their support for the campaign by making a contribution at www.raiseaglass.com.au

Paul Donaldson, Marketing Director, CUB, says: “Mark Donaldson VC has a great story to tell. The son of a veteran, his family were beneficiaries of Legacy, so he understands firsthand the support they can offer and the value of the Raise A Glass Appeal.
We believe that by telling his story he will help the Appeal connect and engage with younger Australians, raising funds for other families in need of the support of both the RSL and Legacy.

Throughout the Appeal we want Australians to think about who they would like to Raise A Glass to this Anzac Day. From a family member to a mate that is serving overseas, the veterans and current servicemen and women of the ADF have all made a significant sacrifice for Australia.”
For further information about the Raise A Glass Appeal please visit www.raiseaglass.com.au

For more information, interviews and event images please contact:

Lyndsey Gordon
Phone: 02 8281 3839
Email :
Lyndsey@pulsecom.com.au
Jacinta Frilay
Phone : 02 8281 3877
Email :
Jacinta@pulsecom.com.au

2011 Raise a Glass Appeal


Victoria Cross hero Mark Donaldson launches Raise a Glass Campaign



(Source: www.heraldsun.com.au/news - 6 April 2011)
Victoria Cross hero Mark Donaldson has taken it on his broad shoulders to rescue thousands of Australian war victims - the widows and children.

And though he is not much of a drinker, the man-mountain has teamed with Australia's biggest brewer to get the
job done.

The 2011 Raise a Glass Appeal aims to raise $1.5 million for Legacy and the RSL, causes close to the Special Air Services trooper's heart.
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Running of the Bulls nets $7300 for Legacy


Australian Service personnel joined the 'Camp Baker Champions', registering in the 5km run, and raising more money through friends and family back home via Legacy's Everyday Hero webpage set up specifically for the event. The webpage enabled Camp Baker Champions to send the link via Facebook and email, attracting over $3000 in online donations.

Camp Commandant Major Peake, raised over $1,000 through family and friends alone.

Event organiser Major Tony Scott thanked Thales for their help in providing hundreds of baseball caps as mementoes for runners. 'The international community on base often gets together to run 5km to raise money for charities, meet people and collect a t-shirt for the effort.

“The RWG wanted to raise awareness of Legacy's great work, do something a bit different and build on the success of the first Aussie run last November. When they heard our idea, Thales jumped in to support it and had the caps made over Christmas' said Major Tony Scott.

After six weeks of campaigning online and around the base, over 300 runners braved a fresh but sunny morning to Run with the Bulls. The newly arrived RWG 'Brahmans' and Force Support Team members (some in body armour) steamed around the course in an impressive time, with Australian Brendon Heape taking gold. MAJ Scott said, 'The event was immensely successful, raising around $7,300 for Legacy and welcoming back The Brahmans. Most importantly, Legacy received much needed funds for their work supporting Defence families. We smashed our target because everyone at Camp Baker pitched in - we even raised money for Queensland disaster relief during the registration period, and the support from our Coalition partners and friends at home was outstanding.'

Twenty-third Australian Soldier killed in Afghanistan highlights need for Legacy


21 February, 2011
Legacy extends its deepest sympathy to the family, girlfriend, friends, and colleagues of Sapper, Jamie Ronald Larcombe, 21, who was killed in action when he was shot dead by insurgents while on patrol on Saturday night. The soldier, originally from Kangaroo Island, was halfway through his first deployment to Afghanistan with the Darwin-based 1st Combat Engineer Regiment.

Sapper, Jamie Ronald Larcombe is the second Australian solider from the Darwin-based 1st Combat Engineer Regiment to die in action in as many weeks. The deaths highlight that the need today for Legacy is still very real.

Sapper, Jamie Ronald Larcombe is the second Australian solider from the Darwin-based 1st Combat Engineer Regiment to die in action in as many weeks. The deaths highlight that the need today for Legacy is still very real.
Legacy is a charity driven by volunteers, that is dedicated to the welfare of widows and dependents of our Defence Force personnel killed in war, peacekeeping or hazardous service, or who have died subsequently.
Legacy Australia Chairman, John Pepperdine said “The continued fatalities in Afghanistan demonstrate the real need for Legacy’s services today. Legacy has already made contact with the family of Corporal Richard Atkinson, the second last casualty of the war. We will be offering this same level of support of to Jamie Ronald Larcombe’s family at this sad time.”

“Legacy stands ready to support the families of Australia’s 3,000 men and women currently deployed on operations around the globe to ensure they receive assistance and care that is needed at such times, and maintains a life-long commitment to serving Defence families as required” continued John Pepperdine.
Legacy assists more than 100,000 widows and 1,900 children and people with a disability across Australia. We provide tailored welfare support for individual needs which includes assistance with medical support, financial assistance, advocacy and education,” said John Pepperdine.

“Legacy’s thoughts are with the families of these soldiers and their mates during this very difficult time.”
donate using your credit card, a cheque, money order or cash.
A Legacy spokesperson is available for media comment.

For further information please contact Pulse Communications:


Lyndsey Gordon
Phone: 02 8281 3839
Email :
Lyndsey@pulsecom.com.au
Jacinta Frilay
Phone : 02 8281 3877
Email :
Jacinta@pulsecom.com.au

Legacy stands ready for family of Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan


3 February, 2011

Legacy extends deepest sympathy to the fiancé, family, the friends, and colleagues of Corporal Richard Atkinson, 22, who was killed in action when he was struck by an IED. The soldier, originally from Hobart, was on his first deployment to Afghanistan with the Darwin-based 1st Combat Engineer Regiment.

Legacy’s thoughts also extend to the family of a second soldier, of the same regiment who was seriously wounded in the same incident.

Legacy is dedicated to the welfare of widows and dependents of our Defence Force personnel killed in war, peacekeeping or hazardous service, or who have died subsequently.
“Legacy stands ready to support the families of Australia’s 3,000 men and women currently deployed on operations around the globe to ensure they receive assistance and care that is needed at such times, and maintains a life-long commitment to serving Defence families as required” says Legacy Australia Chairman, John Pepperdine.

“Legacy’s thoughts are with the families of these soldiers and their mates during this very difficult time.”

The death of a soldier is a reminder of the extremely stressful environments endured by our Defence Force personnel. Legacy remembers those personnel who are deployed in hazardous duty and to this end remains dedicated in taking the steps necessary to help ease the ongoing burden Defence families face should tragedy occur.

“Tens of thousands of ADF personnel have been deployed to Afghanistan over recent years, and Australia’s continuing commitment in the Middle East and various peace-keeping operations sees a growing demand for Legacy’s services well into the future.

Legacy assists more than 100,000 widows and 1,900 children and people with a disability across Australia. We provide tailored welfare support for individual needs which includes assistance with medical support, financial assistance, advocacy and education”, John Pepperdine said.

Legacy relies on the financial support of the community. The public are encouraged to
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A Legacy spokesperson is available for media comment.

For further information please contact Pulse Communications:


Lyndsey Gordon
Phone: 02 8281 3839
Email :
Lyndsey@pulsecom.com.au
Jacinta Frilay
Phone : 02 8281 3877
Email :
Jacinta@pulsecom.com.au

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