Legacy Week 2016: Sunday 28 August to Saturday 3 September
|Legacy supports around 80,000 families and the organisation’s role continues to evolve to accommodate their changing needs. People of all ages can receive the services Legacy offers from babies to ageing widows – the oldest client is 104 years of age.|
“We connect our widows and a small number of widowers with support services and focus on promoting positive ageing and friendship groups,” Legatee Plumridge said. “For the children, we concentrate on education and assist with schooling costs together with scholarship opportunities at primary, secondary and tertiary education levels. There are also camps and outings so they can connect with other kids going through similar experiences.
“In addition Legacy cares for dependants with a disability who range in age from 25 to 80 years and monthly recreational days and camps are held. These social breaks are as important for the dependant as they are for their parents and carers.”
Founded on the ANZAC tradition of mateship, compassion, fairness and honesty, Legacy is the only organisation of its type in the world and relies on its volunteers, known as Legatees, and donations to carry out its work.
“Legatees are the backbone of our services as they keep in regular contact with the families who need it. It is this personal interaction that provides our Legacy families with much needed reassurance that someone is watching out for them.”
|Legacy is a charity providing services to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the death or physical or mental injury of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service. At Melbourne Legacy we currently care for more than 13,500 widows and dependents.|