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2009 - Legacy

Past media releases - 2009

Media Alert, March 2009

Legacy extends deepest sympathy to the family of Private Benjamin Ranaudo, from Townsville based 1 RAR who was killed when a bomb exploded in the Baluchi Valley, about 25km north of Tarin Kowt, on 20th July 2009.
“Legacy stands ready to support the families of Australia’s 3,000 men and women currently deployed on operations around the globe to ensure they receive assistance and care that is needed at such times and into the future, and maintains a life long commitment to serving Defence families as required” says Legacy Co-ordinating Chairman, David Kelly.
“Legacy’s thoughts are with the families of this soldier and his mates during this very difficult time.”
The death of a soldier is a reminder of the extremely stressful environments endured by our Defence Force personnel. Legacy remembers those personnel who are deployed in hazardous duty and to this end remains dedicated in taking the steps necessary to help ease the ongoing burden Defence families face should tragedy occur.
Legacy assists more than 65,000 widow(er)s and 1,800 children and people with a disability across Australia. Legacy provides tailored welfare support for individual needs which includes assistance with social and medical support, financial assistance, advocacy and education for the children.
A Legacy spokesperson is available for media comment. For further enquiries please contact Corene Strauss, National Marketing Manager: or phone (02) 9248 9018
RSL and Legacy partner with VB to launch exciting new fund raising initiative
Media Alert, March 2009

Leaders of the ex-service community gathered at Customs House in Sydney today for the launch of the Raise A Glass Appeal – a new initiative to raise vital funds for the welfare programs of Legacy and the Returned and Services League Australia (RSL), (except Qld RSL).

Developed by Legacy Coordinating Council and the RSL National Executive and the in partnership with VB, the Raise A Glass Appeal aims to contribute more than $1 million to support serving and ex-service men and women, fallen veterans and their families.

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Legacy unveils a new website
Media Alert, March 2009

Legacy is moving with the times by developing a new website which is appropriate to modern society and as a demonstration of its determination to remain contemporary and relevant. It will feature a more dynamic and
interactive portal as well enabling clubs to manage their own local content.

The website is being developed in three phases over a period of 12 months. The first phase now unveiled is the basic structure of the national website with key information about Legacy. This website was developed following recommendations from an independent Brand Audit conducted in 2007. The next phases to follow include the
Legacy clubs individual micro sites where clubs can include all their own local information and events; the third phase is a comprehensive extranet for the members of Legacy where key resources and tools will be made available, as well as forums for discussion and feedback.

The project was led by a sub committee of Legacy’s National Marketing. This committee has been responsible for the procurement of a web developer, project management and implementation of the website. The successful company is Komosion – a joint venture between Glass Onion and Komodo CMS.

National Marketing Chairman, Legatee Charles Wright said “Visitors to the website are encouraged to provide feedback to the website committee so that they can ensure best use of this facility and that the site will prove to be interesting, informative, and easy to navigate.

“This is a significant tool for Legacy and I look forward to the feedback from the community about our new facility. It is going to be an iterative process to ensure we get it right and that addresses our key requirements – that of informing and engaging Australians” said Legacy Co-ordinating Council Chairman David Kelly.

The feedback address is
Legacy extends deepest sympathy to family of fallen soldier
Media Alert, March 2009

Legacy extends deepest sympathy to the family of Corporal Mathew Hopkins the Australian soldier who was
tragically killed in an engagement with insurgents while serving with the Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force (MRTF) in Afghanistan.

Legacy always stands ready to provide immediate support to Australian defence families to ensure they receive the full assistance and care that is needed at such times, and maintains a life long commitment to serving defence force families.
“The death of a dedicated soldier is a reminder of the stressful environments endured by our defence force personnel” said David Kelly, Chairman, Legacy Co-ordinating Council.
Legacy is very proud of our Navy, our Army, and our Air Force who devote their lives to supporting and protecting Australians, and to this end remains dedicated in taking all steps necessary to help ease the ongoing burden defence families face.
Junior Legatee from Dorrigo to National Hero
Media Alert, February 2009

Legacy joins the community in congratulating Victoria Cross recipient and former Junior Legatee from Coffs Harbour Legacy, Trooper Mark Donaldson VC.

The distinguished Victoria Cross last awarded 40 years ago, was bestowed to Trooper Donaldson as a result of what is described by Defence as most conspicuous acts of gallantry in action in a circumstance of great peril.

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