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Our Work

Legacy is an iconic Australian charity that was established in 1923 and founded on a promise made from one digger to another – to “look after the missus and the kids.”

Programs and Services

We are there for the long term, providing for the educational and development goals of families. We help those we serve to grow and thrive despite adversity.

Relieving financial hardship

Relieving financial hardship

Legacy advocates to ensure beneficiaries receive government benefits or pensions they are entitled to. If needed, Legacy will provide a one off payment to assist during an emergency.

For beneficiaries on low incomes, regular payments may be made to top up pensions ensuring financial needs are met. Special payments may be made for transport to and from medical appointments or so they can attend Legacy functions. 

Legacy ensures they can access health and medical support. For those living alone, an emergency response unit may be provided to help them live confidently in their own home.

These programs can also provide parents with respite and introduce children and families to others with shared experiences – providing support, community and opportunities for friendship.

Social connection services

Social connection services

Legacy strives to ensure that no person faces social isolation. Legacy has Clubs, local events, holidays and camps where widows, children and families can come together to bond and create friendships.

For seniors, social isolation can be detrimental to their health and well-being. For many Legacy widows in their senior years, a Legacy morning tea or lunch might be their only outing. They look forward to these occasions and enjoy the companionship. For widows who are unable to attend such gatherings, contact is made by phone calls or visits from their Legatee or Legacy community social worker.

Legacy also provides holidays for widows. Holidays and camps for children or families provide friendships and social connections for those who share similar circumstances.

Providing developmental opportunities

Providing developmental opportunities

Legacy has a long history of nurturing the development of children, with a special priority given to education. Legacy’s commitment to assisting with children’s education and development extends to: grants and scholarships; mentoring programs for children that assist with education and life choices; adventure activities and holiday camps.

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The Gavin Family

Luke Gavin was tragically killed half way through a deployment in Afghanistan when an Afghan soldier opened fire, killing Luke and two other soldiers, and wounding several others. Luke leaves behind his beautiful family; wife, Jacky, and children, Joshua, Holly and Olivia.

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Seeking support?

We try to help as many people as we can, however our services do differ in different parts of Australia and specific criteria must be met. This is determined by each club of Legacy.