|For each serving Australian who risks everything - a family does the same. Australians will have the chance to show their support for these very special families by buying a badge during Legacy Week, August 30 to September 5, 2015.|
As one of Australia’s most iconic charities, Legacy grew out of the ashes of the Great War and still supports around 90,000 families of Defence personnel who have given their lives or their health for their country.
Australia has lost just over 100,000 service men and women in all conflicts with many, many more badly injured, both mentally and physically. In WWI alone around 60,000 service men and women were killed with another 60,000 losing their lives in the following 10 years as a result of their service.
Legacy Australia chairman, Mr David Gray, said the families of the dedicated men and women who serve their country deserve the recognition of their sacrifice and the support of all Australians. He said a promise to look after the “missus and the kids” made by diggers in WWI to their mates who had fallen continues at the heart of what Legacy does today.
He also acknowledged the support of the Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin and that of the Australian Defence Force for this year’s appeal.
“For each serving Australian who risks everything, a family does the same, and when Legacy is needed it is ready to provide support,” he said.
“Legacy’s cares for widows and dependants ranging in age between 3 weeks and 109, with all sharing the heartache of losing a loved one – either physically or mentally – which can last a lifetime.
“Legacy’s role continues to evolve to accommodate the changing needs of the families we support, including those affected by Post Traumatic Stress, which it does while keeping the Legacy ethos that has served us proudly since 1923.
“When you see a badge seller in the street during Legacy Week please help us help the families in need and buy a badge.”
Legacy is the only organisation of its type in the world and relies on an army of dedicated volunteers, many of whom are returned servicemen and women, to carry out its vital work.
Legacy merchandise, including badges, wristbands and the very popular Legacy bears will be available across the country during Legacy Week.