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Lest We Forget

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Upcoming Events

86th Annual ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony for Students

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The 2016 ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony for Students

11am on Friday 21 April 2017 at The Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne.

Secondary and primary schools are invited to attend a special service with dignitaries, Defence Force Cadets, school bands and an RAAF flyover.

Students are encouraged to wear their relative's medals and can lay wreaths on behalf of their school as part of the service.

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If you have any questions, please contact Abigail Gilroy-Smith on (03) 8626 0500 or email Abigail Gilroy-Smith

Media Releases - 2017

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

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

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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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