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Established

   

1923

Legatees

   

445

Widows

   

9,760

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Melbourne Legacy

293 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Postal address: GPO Box 4312 Melbourne VIC 3001

Phone: (03) 8626 0500

Email: info@
legacymelb.com.au

 

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News - Melbourne Legacy


Upcoming Events

  • Sunday 27 August to Saturday 2 September, Legacy Week 2017


Interviews

3AW Legacy Week interview with Melbourne Legacy President Graeme
Plumridge and Junior Legatee Jess Potter

Media Releases - 2017



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Upcoming Events



Media Releases - 2017

Legacy Stands By Veterans’ Families


Jess Potter, with her grandmother Judy

Legacy has played a leading role in caring for Jess and her brother Tim after they sadly lost their Mum, Katy Potter, in 2002. Katy was just 27 years of age and had served in the Navy in the Gulf War Zones. Jess was six years old and Tim was three.

Jess and Tim went to live with their grandparents who became their legal guardians. They had retired and Jess’ grandmother, Judy, had to go back to work to support the children. Not long after, they contacted Legacy. Through the support of a Legatee (Legacy volunteer), they were given assistance with the children’s education, and as the kids grew older, they enjoyed social activities with others going through similar experiences. Recently, Judy became a Legatee (Legacy volunteer) to pay it forward and help look after other veterans’ families. Jess, 21, is now living and working in Melbourne and her brother Tim is 18 and is considering joining the Defence Force.

“I feel that Legacy has always been there to look after me and now that I am living in Melbourne away from my brother and grandparents, they are there for me more than ever,” Jess said. “I am really grateful for their support in assisting my grandparents to take care of Tim and me.”
Legacy has cared for veterans’ families for 94 years to help them overcome hardship and give them confidence in the future.

“Our work means a child can get an education and a fair go, a widow is not disadvantaged and alone, and a family is not torn apart by the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress,” Melbourne Legacy President Graeme Plumridge said.

“The essence of our support is to provide practical relief and assistance through their bereavement or difficulties due to the veterans’ ill health. But most importantly, we foster friendships through events and activities and provide care and compassion. Our Legatees underpin this personal service which is unique to Legacy.”

Today, Legacy cares for 70,000 families nationally including children, people with a disability and widows. There is also a growing demand for support for young families of veterans who have served post-1991 who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress.

Legacy relies on donations to provide services to veterans’ families. During Legacy Week from 27 August – 2 September, hundreds of volunteers will be in the community selling badges and Legacy bears to raise funds, please watch out for them to show your support.

“For the first time, many of our volunteers will have Tap and Go units to accommodate the increasing number of potential donors who do not carry cash,” Mr Plumridge said. “It is an exciting initiative and we are very pleased that we can add this new technology to our donation options.”

You can donate online at
Legacy.com.au/donate

For further information, please contact Janice Mascini: Ph: 0409 862 389 or email Janice Mascini

Download a copy of the media release, please click here

The Challenge of a Life Time



A group of 25 Legacy youth and serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members will walk the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea, from 28 August to 7 September to raise awareness of Legacy’s vital work during Legacy Week. ADF members will mentor the Legacy youth in a leadership development challenge known as Operation Legacy Australia Kokoda Challenge 2017. The trek also coincides with the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign.

The Legacy youth who are participating are from the 70,000 families of incapacitated or deceased veterans that Legacy cares for.

“Defence veterans mentoring Legacy youth reflects the true spirit of Legacy and our rich history of reaching out to families,” Melbourne Legacy President Graeme Plumridge said. “In addition, the 75th anniversary of the battle of Kokoda, where so many Australian soldiers, sailors and airmen distinguished themselves, will provide a wonderful inspiration. Kokoda has its place in Australia’s national identity. Often depicted as the ultimate physical challenge for contemporary Australian pilgrims, this journey will reveal the best in both ADF members and Legacy youth.”

Regular training is a prerequisite and a training camp was also held in NSW in June to help them prepare for the 96kms trek through tropical rainforest, challenging mountain terrain and unspoiled villages along the Kokoda Track.

The group includes six Legacy youth and three ADF members from Victoria:


Major Robert Cox (ADF mentor)
Lewis Short
Thomas Kaye
Thomas Richards


Flight Lieutenant Dee Cherry (ADF mentor)
Ivy Tugado (Adelaide based) part of Victorian team

LSCIS Freya Halliday (ADF mentor)
Timothy Potter
Henry Barnes

Flight Lieutenant Dee Cherry is also a Legatee who volunteers her time to support Legacy families.

“As a current serving Air Force member, I have always wanted to complete the Kokoda Trek to get a sense first hand of what our brave men endured and as Legatee myself, this was the perfect opportunity to combine my interest in Kokoda and my work with Legacy. I love the concept of being an ADF mentor to Junior Legatees and completing the trek together.”

One of the participants Ivy Tugado, 23, has been a supported by Legacy since she was eight years old and Legacy has had a profound impact on her life.

“To me, Legacy isn’t just another organization, they are a family,” Ivy said. “They were the hand that reached out to my family when it felt like we were drowning. Legacy means a connection to my father and to other families who have lost a love one to service. I believe Legacy is the glue that holds the families of the Australian Defence Force together.

“I am looking forward to being able to share the experiences and challenges of the Kokoda Trail with other Legacy youth and the ADF mentors. The sense of achievement will be so rewarding.”

During Legacy Week from 27 August to 2 September, many volunteers will be in the community selling badges and Legacy bears. Buy a badge or donate online at
Legacy.com.au/donate to support veterans’ families. For more information call 1800 534 229.

For further information, please contact Janice Mascini: Ph: 0409 862 389 or email
Janice Mascini

Download a copy of the media release, please click here

Legacy Study Boost


Safeguarding the interests of veterans’ children and ensuring they get a good education despite adversity has been a priority for Legacy since it was founded in 1923.

This year forty-one children supported by Melbourne Legacy have received grants or scholarships for primary, secondary and tertiary studies.

Melbourne Legacy has been working with the Victorian Veteran’s Council since 2008 to award tertiary scholarships to Legacy students and this year the awards were presented by the Victorian Minister for Veterans, the Honourable John Eren.

Rachael Brooks from Hillside was one of four Victorian students who received a Legacy Tertiary Education Scholarship to enable her to focus on her studies and lift the burden of worrying about expenses.

Rachael’s Dad, Andrew Brooks was in the Army and passed away suddenly while working on the base at Puckapunyal in 1997. For a time, the Brooks family had little support, but six years ago Legacy stepped in to help Rachael and her siblings, Christopher and Sarah.

Rachael is in her second year of a Diploma of Nursing at Victoria University St Albans campus.
Melbourne Legacy cares for 10,000 families of incapacitated or deceased veterans, including widows, many of whom are in their 80s and 90s, and people with a disability.

“The annual Legacy Tertiary Scholarship awards are a significant part of the support program for our Legacy youth which focuses on their well-being,” Melbourne Legacy President Graeme Plumridge said.

Legacy has been caring for families of Defence personnel who have given their lives or their health for their country since 1923 and was founded on the ANZAC tradition of mateship, compassion, fairness and honesty. It 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.

During Legacy Week from 27 August to 2 September, many volunteers will be in the community selling badges and the very popular Legacy bears. Please watch out for them to show your support, or you can donate online at
Legacy.com.au/donate

For further information, please contact Janice Mascini: Ph: 0409 862 389 or email Janice Mascini

Download a copy of the media release, please click here

Legacy Gives Kids A Fair Go


A Celebration of Legacy Youth will mark milestone moments in the lives of ten Legacy kids. Each has had to overcome adversity from losing a parent or deal with the anxiety of a parent suffering ill-health due to their military service.

The Victorian Minister for Veterans, the Honourable John Eren will attend the special function to make presentations for Legacy Tertiary Scholarship winners and those who will participate in a challenge of a life-time on the Kokoda Trail.

The Victorian Government has been a supporter of Legacy’s Education Grants since 2008 and during this time, more than 350 Education Grants have been provided to children supported by Legacy. These Grants have been supported through the Victorian Veterans Council, Collier Charitable Fund and other foundations and individuals.

Minister for Veterans John Eren said, “we want every young Victorian to be the best they can be – and it is a privilege for us to be able to support Legacy youth in this way.”

“We’re proud to partner with Legacy to remove barriers to education and ensure our kids get the support they need to make a real difference in our community,” Mr Eren said.

This year, 41 children supported by Melbourne Legacy have received grants or scholarships for primary, secondary and tertiary studies.
Rachael Brooks from Hillside is one of four Victorian students who will receive a 2017 Legacy Tertiary Education Scholarship to enable her to focus on her studies and lift the burden of worrying about expenses. Rachael is in her second year of a Diploma of Nursing at Victoria University St Albans campus.

Rachael’s Dad, Andrew Brooks was in the Army and passed away suddenly while working on the base at Puckapunyal in 1997.

The Celebration of Legacy Youth will also include an official farewell to the six Legacy adolescents and three serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members from Victoria who are participating in Operation Legacy Australia Kokoda Challenge 2017. The trek coincides with the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign.

They will be part of a group of 25 Legacy youth and serving ADF members who will walk the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea, from 28 August to 7 September to raise awareness of Legacy’s vital work during Legacy Week. The ADF members are mentoring the Legacy youth in this leadership development challenge.

Legacy is proud to enrich the lives of children through programs which support their education, development and resilience and the care and compassion of dedicated volunteers supports their emotional wellbeing.

Melbourne Legacy cares for 10,000 families of incapacitated or deceased veterans, including widows, many of whom are in their 80s and 90s, and people with a disability. Founded in 1923 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.

During Legacy Week from 27 August to 2 September, many volunteers will be in the community selling badges and the very popular Legacy bears. Please watch out for them to show your support, or you can donate online at
Legacy.com.au/donate

For further information, please contact Janice Mascini: Ph: 0409 862 389 or email Janice Mascini

Download a copy of the media release, please click here

Personal Effort Sets the Standard


Mia Decleva with her grandfather, Charlie.

Mia Decleva, 14, from Overnewton Anglican Community College in Taylors Lakes who won the national Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award in 2016 has set a high benchmark for the 2017 awards program.

Her speech, ‘Personal Effort’ was a stand-out and was about her grandfather Charlie, and his experience coming to Australia from Europe as an immigrant. Born in 1949 and arriving in Australia with very little as a four-year old with his family, Charlie lost his father as a teenager and worked hard to make a new life in Australia. Charlie turned his life around and became a successful farmer and businessman. He and his wife have three daughters and two grandchildren (including Mia) who have the benefit of good education, prosperous careers and a secure home.

“His personal effort pulled him through as he always had the future of his family in his heart and mind,” Mia said. “My grandfather is my role model and hero.”

Mia’s parents and her grandparents were in the audience and were beaming with pride when she won the award.

Legacy, which cares for the families of those who have served their country, has been running the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award for 29 years and it is open to students between 12 and 14 years of age.

Entrants compete in regional events from May to August. Twelve finalists are chosen for the state final which will be held on 23 October. Two students from Victoria will be selected to compete in the national final in Tasmania in November.

Registrations close on 28 April 2017. There is no registration fee and travel for the state finalists to attend the national final is covered. For applications or enquiries, contact Melbourne Legacy Ph: 8626 0500 or email
lisa.bennett@legacymelb.com.au

The registration form can also be downloaded from our website by clicking here

For further information, please contact Janice Mascini: Ph: 0409 862 389 or email Janice Mascini

To download a copy of the media release, please click here

Doors Open to World Stage


From left, Legacy volunteer Jennie Russell with
Legacy Junior Public Speaking award winner Diya John.


At 17 years of age Diya John has already addressed the International Council of Women at the United Nations in New York and the Victorian Parliament. It was the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award that shaped Diya’s destiny leading to these golden opportunities.

Diya, who is now a student at MacRobertson Girls’ High, was a state finalist in the 2014 Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award. Her speech and presentation sparked the interest of Legacy volunteer, Jennie Russell who was also a member of the National Council of Women in Victoria.

“I was very impressed with the way Diya connected with the audience at such a young age and I put her forward when the opportunities arose,” Jennie said. “We have uncovered some amazingly talented young students through our awards program and we encourage everyone to have a go and enjoy the experience.”

Victorian finalist Mia Decleva, 14, from Overnewton Anglican Community College in Taylors Lakes won the national 2016 Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award in Adelaide.

Her speech, ‘Personal Effort’ was a stand-out and was about her grandfather Charlie, and his experience coming to Australia from Europe as an immigrant and his rise from having very little to becoming a successful farmer and businessman.

“His personal effort pulled him through as he always had the future of his family in his heart and mind,” Mia said. “My grandfather is my role model and hero.”

Legacy, which cares for the families of those who have served their country, has been running the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award for 29 years and it is open to students between 12 and 14 years of age.

Each student is required to present a five minute speech about a topic related to the ideals of Legacy which includes voluntary service, social justice, caring, personal sacrifice and mateship. They also have to do a two-minute impromptu speech on a topic that is provided at the speaking event and the student has five minutes to prepare their presentation. Students can win up to $500.

Entrants compete in regional events from May to August. Twelve finalists are chosen for the state final which will be held on 23 October. Two students from Victoria will be selected to compete in the national final in Tasmania in November.

Registrations close on 28 April 2017. There is no registration fee and travel for the state finalists to attend the national final is covered.

For applications or enquiries, contact Melbourne Legacy Ph: 8626 0500 or email
lisa.bennett@legacymelb.com.au

The registration form can also be downloaded from our website by clicking here

For further information, please contact Janice Mascini: Ph: 0409 862 389 or email Janice Mascini

To download a copy of the media release, please click here

Waverley Widows Club Celebrates 30 Years



The Waverley Legacy Widows’ Club is celebrating 30 years of friendship on 15 February. In 1997, Legacy which cares for families of those who served their country, encouraged widows in the local area to get together for support and companionship.

The group meets monthly, organises its own special outings and attends Legacy events. Current President Mrs Leonie McLachlan has been part of the group for 24 years. Her husband Ken was in Army and fought in the Korean War, he sadly passed away in August 1992.

“It wasn’t long after Ken died that Legacy contacted me and suggested that I might like to join the Waverley Widows’ Legacy Club,” Mrs McLachlan said. “I was feeling lost and the rapport I found with other ladies going through the same emotions was really helpful.

“I have been President for about the last 20 years and I really enjoy it. We have had some very interesting guest speakers at our meetings and have lots of happy memories of outings to restaurants, historical locations and Werribee zoo, just to name a few. On average we have about 30 members who attend our activities. They are a great bunch of ladies and the group is like an extended family; we all share our joys and sorrows.”

Legacy is committed to ensuring no widow of a veteran faces life’s challenges alone. The organisation ensures they are aware of their rights, entitlements and services, and if necessary, advocates for them. An important part of the support is promoting positive ageing and social connection. There are 28 Legacy Widows’ Clubs in metropolitan Melbourne.

The backbone of Legacy services is provided by volunteers known as Legatees. Each Legatee is assigned their own Legacy widows and or families to provide care and compassionate support and the personal contact is what makes Legacy unique. They also get involved with the local Widows’ Clubs and Legacy events.

Legacy is actively recruiting Legatees in the Waverley area and if you share Legacy’s ideals of caring, empathy, respect and commitment and are interested in discussing the opportunity to become a Legatee, contact Melbourne Legacy on 8626 0500.

For further information, please contact Janice Mascini: Ph: 0409 862 389 or email
Janice Mascini

Download a copy of the media release, please click here

Legacy Camp Promotes Social Inclusion



Melbourne Legacy’s annual summer camp for people with a disability at Phillip Island Adventure Resort in late January is the most anticipated event of the year for many of the 35 clients who attend. Some are even known to start packing before Christmas!

Legacy’s clients with a disability range in ages from 25 to 80 years and have a parent who served in the Australian Defence Force who has either given their life or health for our country. Legacy provides them ongoing emotional, social and financial support to ensure they are not disadvantaged.

“We have been running this camp for the last 36 years and it is extremely popular,” said Legacy’s Disability Coordinator Jude Blandford. “The Phillip Island Adventure Resort is a great campsite and the clients with disability can do as much or as little as they want to. Activities include canoeing, archery, walks, giant swings, flying fox and swimming. Small groups also visit local attractions.
“The friendship, personal development and stimulation that the camp provides are treasured by all who attend, including the volunteers.”

The Legacy camp will be supported by a small team of staff, including two nurses, and 51 volunteers who come from diverse backgrounds, but share a common purpose in promoting community inclusion, improving access and celebrating independence for people with a disability.
The volunteers do shift rotations and will include four members from two families and three sets of siblings.

One of the new volunteers is Thomas Kaye, 23, who has been supported by Legacy since his dad sadly passed away when he was 14 years of age. He is making the transition from client to volunteer and has attended a number of development workshops last year to prepare him for this new role.

“Dad served in the British then the Australian Navy and after he died in 2008 my family and I returned to the U.K.,” Thomas said. “I came back to Australia in 2014 to do a Bachelor Degree in Surveying at Melbourne University. Legacy’s help has been amazing. I’m living in Australia by myself so not only do they help out with my tertiary expenses, but they’re my friends. That’s why I decided to become a volunteer.”

Legacy has been caring for families, including children and widows, of Defence personnel who have given their lives or their health for their country since 1923. Founded on the ANZAC tradition of mateship, compassion, fairness and honesty, Legacy is the only organisation of its type in the world. Legacy’s camp for clients with a disability is funded by donations and the Victorian Veterans’ Council Grants Program.

For further information, please contact Janice Mascini: Ph: 0409 862 389 or email
Janice Mascini

To download a copy of the media release, please click here

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