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Legacy's Enduring Care

When a veteran dies or is injured, the impact on their family is devastating. Legacy has been protecting veterans’ families from hardship for 95 years and today, there are 60,000 widows, children, dependants with a disability and young families with an incapacitated veteran, who rely on this support.

“It is a poignant reminder, that for every serving Australian, there is more than one life at stake,” Melbourne Legacy President Hugh Roberton said. “Legacy is there to help a family or individual through the tough times and restore their confidence in the future. The hallmark of our services is the care and compassion that our volunteers share with Legacy families. We do welfare checks through visits or calls, along with a small team of staff, and advice and support is just a phone call away.”

Services include relief from financial hardship, advice and referrals to support services such as counselling, assistance with children’s education and development, encouraging supportive friendships and advocating for entitlements and services.

As a uniquely Australian charity, Legacy depends on the generosity of fellow Australians to be able to provide this support to veterans’ families in need. Buy a Legacy badge and wear it with pride to show your support for veterans’ families who have sacrificed so much. You can also donate online at
www.legacyweekappeal.com.au or call 1800 534 229. All donations are gratefully received.

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

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Students Honour Fallen

Thousands of school children from all over Victoria and a school group from New Zealand stood proudly to honour our brave service men and women at Legacy’s 87th ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony for Students at the Shrine of Remembrance.

Students from Feilding High School, aged from 14 to 16 years, from the North island of New Zealand laid a wreath as part of the ceremony.

“On behalf of all veterans’ families, Legacy is honoured to ensure the sacrifices of their loved ones are never forgotten through education and commemoration. Thank you to all the students and teachers who are attended this year’s service to help maintain this important tradition for 87 years,” Melbourne Legacy President Hugh Roberton said.

Legacy’s patron, The Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, made a speech and inspected a guard of honour of cadets from Melbourne High School.

Football legend and business consultant, Simon Madden, was amongst the dignitaries as a Legacy ambassador. Legacy supported Simon, his two brothers and their Mum when their dad, who served in the army and the air force during WWII, died suddenly. Simon was only 13 years of age at the time.

“I remember Legacy was a great comfort to mum and helped us through the initial shock and sadness of losing dad,” Simon said. “They also helped Mum apply for a War Veterans’ Gold Card. As an ambassador for Legacy, I’m really proud to help Legacy share their story about the important work they provide to veterans’ families in need.”

Legacy kid Harrison Karlsson was Legacy’s Torch Bearer at the ceremony and passed the Legacy Torch, which represents the undying flame of service and sacrifice, to Melbourne Legacy’s President Hugh Roberton.

Harrison,15, is the oldest of three children. Sadly, their dad, who was a Gulf War veteran, passed away seven years ago. Legacy has provided emotional support, helped with educational expenses and encouraged friendships with other Legacy kids through a caring Legatee Daryl Pinner who has been there for the family since they first came to Legacy.

“The relationship Legatees have had with Legacy’s families has been the hallmark of our services since 1923,” Melbourne Legacy President Hugh Roberton said. “While the majority of Legacy’s beneficiaries are widows, many of whom are in their 80s and 90s, we are receiving more requests for support from families of veterans who have served post-1991. These veterans facing hardship are often suffering a psychological trauma such as Post-Traumatic Stress, which can have a debilitating impact on their family and our outreach has evolved to provide specialist help for them.”

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

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New Appointments at Melbourne Legacy

New appointments at Melbourne Legacy include Legatee Hugh Roberton as President and Board member Major General David Coghlan.

Mr Roberton has been a Legatee (Legacy volunteer) since 2002 and has served on a number of Melbourne Legacy committees and been a Board member since 2014. He was an army medical officer during the Vietnam War and recently retired as a surgeon.

“As President, I’m looking forward to contributing to the maintenance and development of support for veterans’ families as Legacy evolves its services to remain valued and relevant,” Legatee Roberton said.

Major General Coghlan is the Head of Land Systems Division and oversees the acquisition and sustainment of designated land systems for the Australian Defence Force. With significant command, staff, leadership and operational experience, Major General Coghlan will bring this breadth of current knowledge to complement the skills of Melbourne Legacy’s existing Board members.

“My father died when I was a teenager,” Major General Coghlan said. “I clearly remember and appreciate the support provided to us at that time by Legacy. Over the many years since I have seen the real difference that Legacy can make in lives and I thank Melbourne Legacy for the opportunity to contribute to this important cause.”

Melbourne Legacy has been caring for the families of those who have given their life or health for their country for 95 years and today, serves 7,000 beneficiaries including widows, many in their 80s and 90s, and a small number of widowers; dependants with a disability; youth and young families. Currently, families of ex-ADF personnel who have served post-1991 represent the smallest beneficiary group, but there is an increasing need from this group, some of whom are facing extreme hardship with complex issues.

“As a not-for-profit organisation, we are extremely grateful for the support of Major General Coghlan and welcome him to Melbourne Legacy’s Board,” Legatee Roberton said. “His experience and expertise will be invaluable as we work to expand our services to younger veterans’ families. Melbourne Legacy is providing the catalyst for change among ESO's by undertaking research to better understand the needs of our younger veterans and their families so we can provide more proactive support.”

Melbourne Legacy has released its 2017 Annual Report and it can be viewed at

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

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Support for Younger Veterans and their Families on Radar

Melbourne Legacy is providing the catalyst for change to improve services to younger veterans and their families facing hardship in Victoria.

Recently, Melbourne Legacy led the Victorian Ex-Services Organisations’ (ESOs) Mapping Project which provided an overview to Federal and Victorian Governments of the needs of veterans, particularly for those who have served post-1991, and their families, and the services currently available to them.

“This research involved engaging ESOs, outlining existing services, actively seeking opinions from younger veterans and their families and shining a light on what is needed, plus centralising much of the statistical data,” Mr Justin Elwin, Melbourne Legacy CEO said.

“The report verified that traditional support services, which are primarily for pre-1991 veterans and war widows, are working effectively. It also supported the view that the needs of younger veterans and their families, which are very different, are not being met. Many of these veterans and families in distress were unaware and confused about support services. They often have complex issues that are unique to their individual circumstances. Domestic violence, drug and alcohol dependency, homelessness, unemployment, mental health and financial stress, are just some of the triggers that generate cries for help.”

The report identified five key recommendations including:

  1. Further analysis of veteran geographic locations for deeper understanding of client-directed needs
  2. Develop detailed client journey map to identify touch points and risk
  3. Victorian ESO agreement to self-regulate and each to provide a clear value proposition
  4. Initiate overarching communication and engagement strategy
  5. Plan for veterans’ insights in 2020 Census.

“As a result of the ESO Mapping Project, we know far more about Victorian veterans than ever before, and it provides direction about what needs to be done to shape veteran services for the future,” Mr Elwin said. “The ESO sector recognises improvements need to be made and becoming more client-centric and working collaboratively will help ESOs to achieve the best outcomes. The recommendations will be discussed at future ESO and government stakeholder forums.”

The Commonwealth Government Supporting Younger Veterans Grants’ Program funded the Victorian ESOs Mapping Project and funding has also been provided for Melbourne Legacy to implement the first recommendation to conduct a detailed mapping and needs analysis of Victorian veterans and their families during 2018.

“With 95 years of expertise and experience caring for families of those who have served their country, we are pleased to continue the valuable ground-breaking work which began last year,” Mr Elwin said. “Having current and factual information is critical to tailor support services ‘in place’ for veterans and their families.”

To view a one page summary and the complete Victorian ESOs Mapping Project report go to

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

Teens Master the Power of Public Speaking

For 30 years, Legacy’s Junior Public Speaking Award has been uncovering amazing and talented young teenagers who have the gift to deliver a speech with pizzazz. Entries are now open for the 2018 Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award.

More than 350 students from across Victoria entered the award last year and the state finalist, William Maligin from St. Kevin’s College in Toorak went on to win the national award.

“It was the second time I had made the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award state final,” William said. “The experience was a great learning curve and I am glad I persevered and gave it another shot. The skills I learnt through this competition will definitely help me to achieve my aspirations at school and beyond.”

Legacy, which cares for the families of those who have served their country, has been running the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award since 1988 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.

Entrants compete in regional events from May to August and there are four preliminary finals in September. Twelve finalists are chosen for the state final which is judged by an independent panel of public speaking experts on 22 October. Two students from Victoria will be selected to compete in the national final in November. The national winner from Victoria can win up to $800.

Schools are encouraged to register up to four entrants. There is no registration fee and any 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 the website: www.legacy.com.au/melbourne/schools

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

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