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KOKODA 2020 - Our Challenge, Their Legacy: Postponed 2021

APRIL 2020

Regrettably, Kokoda 2020 - Our Challenge, Their Legacy has been postponed to 2021. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the Legacy Australia Inc. Board has made the difficult decision to postpone the project. The health and safety of our beneficiaries and their ADF Mentors, were at the forefront of this decision.

With the closure of international borders; Defence Health's underwriter Allianz, withdrawing our travel insurance product; the indefinite closure of the Kokoda Trail; and No Roads, our tour operator, have ceased all activities until at least 30 June 2020. It was inevitable that the project would need to be postponed. The Legacy Australia Inc. Board was optimistic for a favourable decision, however, it is not possible during these times to execute such a program.

In due course, Clubs will be notified with dates for 2021 with the 31 beneficiaries receiving priority selection for next year's trek.

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MARCH 2020

Legacy Clubs around Australia and in London have been working extremely hard to support our widows, families, staff and Legatees. During these unprecedented times, it has become more vital than ever to ensure our beneficiaries are being looked after.

Legacy understands that this can be an extremely difficult time for those in our care, and all is being done to ensure that the Legacy promise is kept - helping and giving back to those who gave so much.

Approximately 40,000 of our 50,000 widows are over 70. These vulnerable Australians have been asked by the Australian government and health authorities to stay indoors for the health and safety of themselves and their communities. We urge Legacy widows who need help during this time to contact their Legatees as well as their local Club to find out how Legacy can be of further help and assistance.

If you, or a family member, may need assistance from Legacy, please contact 1800 LEGACY (534229) or find your local Club at

Legacy Australia appoints new CEO

JUNE 2018

Legacy Australia Incorporated is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Scott Warr as CEO.

Legacy is a unique and iconic charity that for 95 years has been dedicated to the welfare of families following the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force serve.

Mr Warr has over 30 years broad experience in the military, private and public sector in Australia and overseas, and brings a wealth of expertise with strengths in areas such as leadership, strategic planning, and legislative compliance.

Legacy Australia Chairman, Rick Cranna, OAM, said:
“It is clear that Scott shares in our core values. As an ex-service and family man himself, he understands the promise that underpins our organisation, in caring for our widow(er)s and families”.

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Macquarie Mint's corporate donation


The Macquarie Mint have been a supportive partner of the Legacy Australia office for 6 years. Throughout these years of support they have raised more than $200,000. Macquarie Mint have been selling exclusive commemorative coin collections, the first collection honours the centenary of WWI, to raise the money for Legacy.

Legacy Australia would like to acknowledge the support that The Macquarie Mint have provided over these years and would like to continue this partnership in the years to come.

"We would like to thank Macquarie Mint for having donated more than $200,000 over the last six years, helping Legacy to care for the families of those who served their country."
Rick Cranna, Chairman, Legacy Australia Inc.

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Macquarie Mint

Helping widows navigate care changes

24 AUGUST 2017

Working in collaboration with Legacy Australia, Bolton Clarke has developed and launched a dedicated service, supporting the work already undertaken by Legatees.

"The Legacy Navigator service provides support with everything from understanding how to be assessed for eligibility through to selecting a provider and paying for the services."

Tony Ralph, Chairman, Legacy Australia Inc.

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Bolton Clarke

Operation Legacy Australia Kokoda Challenge - Outward Bound Camp

JULY 2017

Operation Legacy Australia Kokoda Challenge 2017 (OP LAKC 17) reached a significant milestone recently, by bringing together Legacy youth from across Australia and their Australian Defence Force (ADF) Mentors for the first time on Exercise POPONDETTA PRELUDE.

OP LAKC 17 is a joint initiative which will see ADF Members mentor Legacy youth in a leadership development challenge, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign by walking the Kokoda Trail during Legacy Week (August/September) 2017.

If you or your organisation would like to make a tax-deductable donation in support of this unique project, head to:

Legacy Australia is most grateful for our OP LAKC 17 corporate supporters QinetiQ Australia, Thales and Peet Limited.

Pilatus donates $10,000 from limited edition polo

April 2017

Pilatus created a limited edition polo shirt in support of Legacy Australia.

To support the introduction of the PC-21 to the Australian Defence Force, Pilatus Aircraft Limited released a limited edition polo shirt commemorating the trainer aircraft into service with the RAAF this year.

Special guest, Mr Rob Oliver of Pilatus presenting the cheque to Legacy Australia Chairman, Tony Ralph

Westpac donates $500,000 to Legacy education fund

4 April 2016

Legacy Australia joined Westpac and News Corp to announce support for veterans and their families in the lead up to Anzac Day this year. Held at the Victoria Barracks on Monday, the announcement included a $500,000 donation to help with the education and development of partners and families of veterans who have suffered loss of life or health. On the day, News Corp also launched their Learn the Legend Anzac coin collection, available with purchase of their newspapers. Legacy thank Westpac and News Corp for their support.

Special guest, Legacy Ambassador Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG addresses attendees at a morning tea at the Officers Mess, Victoria Barracks.

Legacy joins launch of Australian Military Bank

11 January 2016

Legacy has been named one of four beneficiaries of the Military Rewards program, developed for the launch of the Australian Military Bank.

An official launch was held on December 4 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. Outgoing Legacy Australia Chairman David Gray joined special guest Chief of Defence, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC and Australian Military Bank CEO John Ford, along with Robyn Collins (DefenceCare), Simon Sauer (Mates4Mates), and John Bale (Soldier On) at the launch.

Military Rewards account holders can nominate Legacy as their preferred charity to receive any cents swept from the account monthly, an amount which is matched by the bank.

Find out more about this initiative

DVA auction of memorabilia raises $7850 for Legacy

6 January 2016

Staff from the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) held a silent auction at the end of 2015, with $7850 raised for Canberra Legacy.

Items auctioned were an eclectic collection of memorabilia that had accumulated in cupboards since the DVA moved into their Woden Valley office in 1974. Treasures included framed prints, clothing from commemorative missions and random curios given to staff by representatives of other organisations. A pair of carved wooden ducks, acquired in Canada and left behind by a previous staff member years ago, attracted the single highest bid of the auction.

The impetus for the auction was the impending relocation of the Department to its new premises in Genge Street, Canberra. Details of the new address will be posted on when the relocation is complete later this month.

Pictured: President of Canberra Legacy, Bill Rolfe accepting the cheque from DVA Secretary, Simon Lewis.

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