|This year, the 2013 Remembrance Day Campaign commemorates the 90 years that Legacy|
has provided support and assistance to Australian Defence Force Families throughout all wars and conflicts since WW1.
|For the families of veterans the battle still goes on. Today Legacy is still there helping families to move beyond their grief and practical struggles into a happier more secure future. |
You donation will enable Legacy to continue to support many families – Here are just a few...
|This November Rachael had expected to be blissfully married to the love of her life, Lance Corporal Mervyn “Merv” McDonald, and having the baby they’d planned for. Instead she had just commemorated the first anniversary of his death in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan by sprinkling his ashes at “their” beach, Boat Harbour near Cronulla – the idyllic spot where Merv proposed. |
“If Merv was alive now I guess I would have been Mrs McDonald and I would have been pregnant”, Rachael says through tears. The 32-year-old could barely function in the first shocking weeks after Merv’s death. Then still grief-stricken Legacy provided immediate help and guidance to navigate the paperwork and appointments she dreaded while her volunteer Legatee was in constant contact, monitoring her welfare and offering support, advice and a listening ear.
|While Rachael’s journey began recently others have had Legacy’s steadfast support through many challenging years.|
|The Whitaker family lost a much-loved husband and dad in 1999 when Bruce Whitaker tragically committed suicide having battled depression for years after serving in the Vietnam War.|
“Legacy came into our home and picked up the pieced that were missing”, says Bruce’s son Blair, who was 12 when he arrived home from school to be met with police cars, ambulances and the news his father was dead.
With the family’s breadwinner gone. Legacy helped Bruce’s grieving widow, Kerry, identify entitlements she was eligible for and assisted her in completing the necessary applications.
|“They also helped financially with school books and uniforms as well as talking to schools about fees and provided pocket money to me and my sisters, again fulfilling the role my father could no longer play in our lives.” says Blair.|
|Today the entire family is grateful for the anchor Legacy could provide because of faithful donors.|
|Legacy’s commitment of lifetime care means it is a vital support during the vulnerable later years of people like Ruth Shoebridge who lost her husband in 2000 following an illness associated with his service as radio operator in WW11. Ruth was left as sole carer for their daughter Helen, 53, who has Down Syndrome.|
When Ruth suffered a disabling stroke in 2011, Legacy was on hand to give advice and link Ruth with government assistance that helped her stay in her own home, meanwhile Helen, her daughter, who now resides in supported living, found continuity and enjoyment at Legacy camps and she loves her monthly Legacy outings for people with a disability.