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2016 Sydney Military Officer's Spring Ball

Thank you to Victoria Barracks Officer's Mess for once again supporting Legacy by appointing us as their partner charity.

On the night attendees supported Legacy by purchasing raffle tickets. The winners are listed below:
  1. Vicki Thompson
  2. Shannon Campbell
  3. Terry Harch
  4. Anthony White
  5. Michael Royall-Mateer
  6. Julie Fowler
  7. Preston Smith

NSW Launch of Legacy Week 2016

The NSW Launch of Legacy Week was a poignant event. His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC, DSC (ret'd) spoke about the importance of Legacy today, Junior Legatee John Harris explained why Legacy was important to him.
Buy a badge, wear it with pride and "Keep the Promise" to our servicemen and women's families.

Sydney Legacy celebrates 90 years - 10 June

On Friday 10 June we celebrated 90 years of Sydney Legacy!!

For 90 years we have cared for the families of veterans who have given their life or health through serving their country.

We thank our Legatees (members of Legacy) and staff for providing these wonderful and vital services all these years and continuing to do so long into the future.

Did you know Legacy is currently required until 2080!!

Legacy continues to "look after the misses and the kids" as promised by our founding fathers.

Official opening of refurbished Sydney Legacy offices

His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AS, DSC (ret'd) Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Linda Hurley were special guests at the official opening of the Sydney Legacy offices.

His Excellency cut the ribbon to officially open the refurbished offices which provide Legacy's continuing work to be carried out in comfortable and more functional surrounds.

The funds for the refurbishment came from a Building Fund, set up many years ago by Legatees who were very prudent in their investments.

Families take time out at Terrigal

Each March Legacy families stay at Bulwarra, Terrigal, for a weekend of fun for the children and some time out for the Mums.
The children, under the watchful eyes of Legatees and volunteers, swim, visit the beach, make use of the playground and go on outings and eat LOTS of healthy food.

Meanwhile the Mums can relax a bit, while their children are in good hands. They talk freely about their journeys, knowing each has a similar path, having lost a partner and their child’s parent because of their Australian Defence Force service.
While many of their Dads have died during or after their service, others are in the midst of physical or psychological trauma so are lost to the family at this time.

The effects of these situations deeply affect parents and children and Legacy is there to support them, practically and emotionally, moving forward with their lives.
This year a father, whose wife died whilst serving, attended the camp and he too experienced the positive effect of being with others who understand his situation.

In their free time the parents went for coffee and a stroll, took an uninterrupted nap or simply sat – alone – reading a book.
This may not seem much, but to overstretched parents little things can make all the difference.

Your support of Legacy really helps families such as these.

Thales Legacy Dragon Boat team

The Thales Legacy Dragon Boat team has added two more trophies to the cabinet, successfully defending our Registered Charity Title and adding the title of winners Not for Profit Challenge against fierce competition.

Congratulations to our challengers from the Chinese Parents Association - Children with disabilities Inc, the Flying Daffodils and the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

The Thales Flames crew won the Industry challenge for Engineering and Planning, Thales Blazes finished 4th in this event.

For the first time a Thales Team, the Flames, qualified for the major final, an epic achievement against competitive teams.

Many of the Legacy and Thales crews backed up and paddled in two boats. Which often meant jumping straight out of one boat and going back to marshal for another race. This also meant that some paddlers were involved in all 3 wins!

Visit to HMAS Canberra

Our Junior Legatees had a fabulous day aboard HMAS Canberra as part of their summer camp.
A tour of the massive ship, from the bridge to the flight deck and cavernous decks below for the artillery vehicles and landing craft proved fascinating for the children - and the carers and Legatees who accompanied them.
A spin around the harbour in a landing craft topped off the visit as they got to see the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Botanical Gardens in a craft few will ever travel in.
Thank you to all the crew who made them so welcome - it will be a visit that will be remembered for a long time.

A day at The Basin, Pittwater with Royal Motor Yacht Club

A day at The Basin, Pittwater, is the essence of summer.
On their first day of camp, our Junior Legatees, cruised aboard luxury motor yachts from the Royal Motor Yacht Club to The Basin, which also provided a wonderful lunch.
Swimming, water games, a barbecue lunch and some quick soccer saw the day fly by.
A huge thanks to our hosts Judy and Peter, Eileen and Gordon and Legatee Lowe and Paula.

Legacy Children sail at Narrabeen Lagoon

The ninth annual sailing day hosted by Narrabeen Lakes Sailing Club saw Legacy children having a great time trying out new sports on the lagoon.
Going for a spin in single and double hulled craft with experienced young sailors was a tremendous thrill for all the children.
Thank you to the club for also hosting a sausage sizzle lunch and giving Santa directions to the base so presents could be delivered.
Also thank you to the staff of HMAS Canberra who worked hard to assist Santa choose fabulous gifts for the children.
Commander Jason Hunter replaced the traditional sleigh, arriving with his wife and daughters in time to see Santa arrive across the water.

Sydney Legacy CEO - John Hutcheson AM

Sydney Legacy is pleased to announce the appointment of John Hutcheson AM as Chief Executive Officer.

John has a 32 year military career including command of an infantry battalion, two Joint Task Forces in Solomon Islands, 2004, Timor Leste, 2007. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011 for his leadership in a number of senior appointments with the Department of Defence.

"John commenced his CEO role in November, taking the reins from Andrew Condon who has been with Sydney Legacy since 2007, providing spectacular results for our organisation,” says Sydney Legacy President Eric Easterbrook. “As CEO, Andrew has built a strong relationship between Legacy and government departments, ex-service organisations and the community.”

NSW finals Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award - 2015

Congratulations to Charlee Sutherland from Crestwood High School, winner of the National Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award for 2015 and Claire Yin, of SCEGGS Darlinghurst who was placed third.
Charlee and Claire were chosen as first and second in the NSW final when they spoke in front of His Excellency General The Honorable David Hurley AS DSC (ret'd)
The Governor of NSW and Mrs Hurley at the Art Gallery of NSW.
NSW finalists (left to right) Daniel
Selvadurai, James Ruse Agricultural High School; Jennifer Barnott-Clement, Camden
High chool; Yi Xiu Tan, Kambala; Sophie Mok, PLC; Charlee; Claire Yin, SCEGGS
Darlinghurst; Daniel Yim, Sydney Grammar and Shoryu Das-Zaman, North Sydney Boys High.

Legacy Week - Sunday, 30 August to Saturday, 5 September

His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) launched Legacy Week on Monday, 31 August at The Cenotaph in Martin Place.
As former Chief of Defence, he is well acquainted with the work of Legacy and understands the significant impact this iconic charity has on the families of Australian Defence Force veterans who have lost their lives or health.

ANZAC Day 2015

Bright sunshine and a perfect autumn day greeted all in Sydney for the ANZAC Day March.

Junior Legatees Megan Wiblen and John Harris attended the Dawn Service, each reading a verse of the ode, before the crowd of 30,000.

At 8am Legatees, Junior Legatees and Torch Bearer’s President Muriel McCabe and Women’s Auxiliary President Neroli Lane, led by Legatee Gwynn Boyd and President Eric Easterbrook marched to the Cenotaph for the official laying of the Legacy wreaths.

Along George St Legacy Widows sat in the sunshine to view the march, led for the first time by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of NSW.

At the end of the march a large contingent of Junior Legatees and former Junior Legatees marched under the Legacy banner, receiving loud cheers from the onlookers.

A special day, commemorating the Anzac Centenary, one no doubt to be long remembered by all, including the 22,000 who marched and the many tens of thousands onlookers.

Newscorp and Westpac supporting Legacy

News Corp Australia CEO Julian Clarke and Westpac Group CEO Brian Hartzer joined Victoria Cross recipient Mark Donaldson for the start of a fundraising appeal for Legacy.
Mr Hartzer announced The Westpac Group's donation of $500,000 which will go directly to Legacy’s support programs for Australian families affected by the death or illness of a family member who has served in the ADF.
Some Legacy children attended to hear Mark Donaldson VC highlight his own Legacy journey.

Queen Elizabeth and Poppy Wall head for Gallipoli

To mark the 100th anniversary year of the Gallipoli campaign and the beginning of the ANZAC legend, Cunard hosted a very special remembrance service on board the Queen Elizabeth in Sydney prior to sailing for Gallipoli and devoted this poignant event to raise funds to support Legacy’s work.

Legacy volunteers were at the site offering poppies for their contribution of a gold coin donation which were affixed to a dedicated ‘Poppy Wall’ in the shape of 100. Visitors also signed Cunard's ANZAC Centenary Book as part of the Queen Elizabeth's “Journey of the Poppies”.

There are a combined 11,500 poppies, each one representing an ANZAC who made the ultimate sacrifice at Gallipoli in 1915. The Queen Elizabeth will sail close to the Gallipoli Peninsula on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the first ANZAC Day.

“Sydney Legacy is delighted to be honoured by Cunard on this occasion. We know that the
thoughts of everyone who buys a poppy will be with those who sacrificed their lives both
on the voyage and as the poppies reach Gallipoli,” said Sydney Legacy President Eric
Easterbrook who laid a wreath at the ceremony.

“Our thoughts are constantly with the families of service personnel who have lost their lives or health and Legacy continues to support their families to honour them.”

Waratahs supporting Legacy

Sydney Legacy is proud to continue its association with the Waratahs as a partner in their
Tahs Together Community program.

Among the exciting events, Legacy will be the charity partner at the Weary Dunlop Shield
Match between the NSW Waratahs and Melbourne Rebels on Anzac Day at ANZ Stadium.
It will be the only night time sporting event held in Sydney on this day.

Legacy will be there to hand out commemorative sprigs of rosemary.

Some Legacy Children and dependants, along with members of the Australian Defence
Force Personnel will be invited to form a guard of honour.

Legacy looks forward to another year with the Waratahs!

NSW Government honours Legacy

A group of Legacy's dedicated volunteers were honoured by the NSW Governor and
NSW Premier at Darling Harbour on Australia Day.

18 of our finest were presented to His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley,
AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of NSW and NSW Premier Mike Baird.

Drizzle didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the Legatees who were cheered by the spectators.

Summer Holiday Camps

Dozens of Legacy children headed to camps during January, making the most of fun activities.

The primary and junior high school children were based at Sydney Legacy’s Moss Vale
Holiday House in the scenic Southern Highlands, the older group went to Mt Keira behind
Wollongong and seven travelled to a Legacy Camp in Bussleton, Western Australia
which is supported by the Special Air Service Regiment.

Trampolining, mini golf, indoor climbing, indoor parachuting at iFly at Penrith a visit to the
Science Museum in Wollongong, a day at Jamberoo , surfing and a visit to Canberra to the
Australian War Museum and Questacon were among the activities.

Governor's Golf Trophy 2014

The 79th Governor’s Legacy Golf Trophy was held in sublime conditions at The Australian
Golf Club on Thursday, November 13. For the first time, the Governor of NSW played at
his own event! The inclusion of His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley
AS, DSC (Ret’d) provided the day with an extra special atmosphere and we are thankful
that he found time in his busy schedule to join us.

The event brings together players from Golf Clubs across greater Sydney and some regional
areas to recognise their significant contribution to and support of Legacy during the previous
financial year.

During the 2013/2014 financial year Sydney Legacy received donations of more than $227 000
from Golf Clubs holding Legacy Golf / Diggers Days for which we are extremely grateful.

Legacy Week 2014

Thank you to all who supported Legacy during Legacy Week!

Sydney Legacy announces new President

President Eric Easterbrook
met with the Hon Mike Baird,
NSW Premier and Minister
for Western Sydney.

Legatee Eric Easterbrook was inducted as Sydney Legacy’s
President at a lunch at Parliament House.

Legatee Easterbrook completed 42 years of service
with the Department of Defence, in uniform and as a civilian,
serving with the RAAF with 9 Squadron in Vietnam and
deployed overseas in the UK, New Zealand and USA (Hawaii).

He joined Legacy in Wagga Wagga in 1981 and
Nepean Legacy soon after.

He has served on the Sydney Legacy Family Welfare
Committee and as director and Vice President of
Sydney Legacy for five years.

“Our service men and women should know that, should
they pay the price of diminished health or give their
life in the course of their duty, the rest of Australia
will “look after the missus and kids”.

NSW Waratahs partner with Sydney Legacy.

Legacy will benefit from the NSW Waratah’s new 2014 Charity Partnership program. Waratahs Rugby introduced this initiative to provide opportunities for charities to join its “Tahs Together” community program in NSW.

“We are delighted to be teamed with the Waratahs,” said Sydney Legacy President Colin Dunston. “We appreciate their assistance and generosity in helping us get the message out about Legacy’s important work and assisting us to raise much needed funds. We look forward to sharing many special events with them during the year.”

Legacy will receive a range of benefits including player support, money-can’t-buy experiences and game day and community event activations, specifically designed to help support Legacy’s work, whether it be in raising funds, boosting awareness or promoting key events.

Waratahs Rugby CEO Jason Allen said, “The NSW Waratahs have a longstanding tradition of supporting the work of charities from across the community, whether it’s from fund raising opportunities, brand awareness or player support. Our aim with this initiative is to provide a platform for rugby to make a real difference to a number of communities across NSW.”

The NSW Waratahs have supported Sydney Legacy for recent seasons, with Australian Defence Force personnel manning bucket collections or handing out rosemary sprigs at matches and Legacy children being invited to watch games. Sydney Legacy is proud to continue this relationship.

Junior Legatees Sailing Day on Pittwater.

Back in the 1960s, each January hundreds of Junior Legatees would take to the waters of Pittwater for Operation Float.

Today's Junior Legatees have a similar opportunity as members of the Royal Motor Yacht Club offer their boats and sailing skills to provide the Junior Legatees a day on the water.

This year our junior and senior campers joined at The Basin and made the most of the glorious day to spend hours in the water.

A big thank you to the motor boat owners who shared their boats and their time to treat our Junior Legatees and to the RMYC for the fabulous barbecue lunch which was enjoyed by all.

Happy 112th Birthday!

Legacy's most senior Widow, Jane Gray, reached her 112th birthday on December 1, 2013.

She celebrated with family, friends and fellow residents at her Smithfield Nursing Home. With nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren there were plenty of visitors!

Scottish born Mrs Gray and her hasband moved to Australia in 1927, raising their two children in Prairiewood. She lived with her daughter Heather in Smithfield until earlier this year.

As one of the nursing home director's said, Mrs Gray has been alive through the terms of all 26 Australian Prime Ministers!

She enrolled with Sydney Legacy in 1990 after her husband died. All at Sydney Legacy wish Mrs Gray all the very best!!

Remembrance Lunch 2013

Lieutenant General David Morrison spoke on leadership at the 2013 Legacy Remembrance Lunch at Dockside, Cockle Bay at Darling Harbour.

MC Lisa Wilkinson declared herself a hugh fan of LTGEN Morrison and of Legacy which assisted her grandmother for many years.

More than 250 guests joined the event and were silent as LTGEN Morrison spoke on leadership.

Add your name to the 2014 Legacy Remembrance Lunch invitation list.

Legacy Governor's Golf Trophy

The 2013 Governor's Golf Trophy event was held at The Australian Golf Club.
Despite stormy weather during the morning, a great time was had and whether scores were
low or high, players remained cheery.

Lunch was held in the magnificent dining room with views across the reconfigured course.
Guest speaker Jim Maxwell gave an insight into the varied life as a cricket commentator
and shared some of his thoughts on the Australian cricket team.

The event gives players from golf clubs in metropolitan and regional NSW who raise funds
for Legacy a chance to join us for a "thank you" day of golf.

But scores are kept and this year's winner was Darryl Hearsch from Manly Golf Club.
Major General Mick Slater presented him with the coveted trophy, pictured above.

Legacy-International Fleet Review Essay Competition

The Royal Australian Navy and Sydney Legacy
ran a junior and senior NSW and ACT Secondary
Schools History Essay Competition prior to the
International Fleet Review (IFR) in Sydney.

Winners were Thea Ross of North Sydney Girl's High School, Georgia Hill of Australian Christian College and runners up
Yun Zhe (Tammy) Tan of Ravenswood and Aidan Quirk of
St Joseph's College.

City2Surf Success

Sydney Legacy President Colin Dunston joined four younger Gold Charity runners in the 2013 City2 Surf to promote our cause and raise money for Legacy. Pictured are (left to right) Matthew, Mitchell, L/President Colin Dunston and Alicia who along with Sally raised more than $5575, a great effort. The President was beaten to the finishing line but he was happy
to arrive one minute faster than last year’s time!

Governor presented with bronze statue

Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, Governor of
New South Wales, was presented with a beautiful bronze
statue at the Sydney Legacy Changeover lunch at
Parliament House in July.

It was created as a special thank your for Her Excellency
who is the Patron of Sydney Legacy.

Sydney Legacy President Colin Dunston presented the statue which was created by sculptor Christine Simpson (second from right). Also present was Mrs Anne Rouch whose husband, the late Peter Rouch suggested the gift when he was President of Sydney Legacy.

The statue depicts the Governor comforting a widow with a baby and young child.

Legacy/International Fleet Review history essay competition

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in partnership with Sydney Legacy is supporting a junior and senior NSW and ACT Secondary Schools History Essay Competition prior to the International Fleet Review (IFR) in Sydney from 3-11 October 2013.

Pictured is Sydney Legacy President Colin Dunston and
Director International Fleet Review Captain Nick Bramwell
signing a Memorandum of Understanding for the competition.

ANZAC Day 2013

Legacy was well represented on ANZAC Day with Legatees marching to the Cenotaph early
in the morning, led by Sydney Legacy President Colin Dunston and Junior Legatees Mia and
Chloe Douglas.
Legacy Widows lined George St, with many Legatees joining them and later Junior
Legatees and former Junior Legatees marched under the Legacy banner.

A trip to Jamberoo was just one of the activities experienced by Junior Legatees who attended
camp at the Legacy Holiday House at Moss Vale as part of their summer holiday.

Go-karting, tobogganing and water fun was on the schedule and the youngsters took to it all,
well, like ducks to water! For their day at Jamberoo they were joined by soldiers from the 17th
Signals Regiment whose enthusiasm was contagious.

The camps give the Junior Legatees time to make friends with other children who face many of
the same challenges they do.

Legacy Week - Sunday 28 August to Saturday 3 September 2011

Legacy Week was launched nationally on Monday, August 29 at The Cenotaph in Sydney's Martin Place.

The Governor General Quentin Bryce AC and the Governor of New South Wales Professor Marie Bashir AC, CVO, joined government and military dignitaries and members of the Legacy family and supporters.

Mrs Madeleine Nelson and Ms Tess Crane laid a wreath on behalf of war widows, Taleah and Jacob Till laid a wreath with the Governor General on behalf of Junior Legatees and Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith and Corporal Mark Donaldson laid wreaths on behalf of fallen and serving members of the armed forces.

Volunteers including school children and members of the Australian Defence Force sold badges throughout the week, culminating in Badge Day on Friday, September 2.

We thank the Commonwealth Bank, Thales, Tesltra, Australia Post, Invocare, BWS and Dan Murphy outlets, stores and offices who sold badges for Legacy.

This year an MP3 Telstra Legacy Songs Badge was launched and it is atill available from Sydney Legacy for $15 plus $5 postage. Phone 9248 9013.

One hundred per cent of the funds donated by the public to Sydney Legacy are spent on welfare for the families of deceased veterans.

Maintaining Sydney Legacy's support for the families requires an increasing amount of money to provide advocacy to obtain pension entitlements, assistance in seeking medical treatment, children's education and personal development, widow's and children's hoilidays and widows' and dependants' social clubs including social clubs for people with a disability.

Phone Sydney Legacy on 9248 9000 for more information on volunteering or 1800 Legacy (1800 534 229) to donate.

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