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The Famous Billy Tea company is now a proud partner of Legacy, helping to provide vital support to families of Australian veterans.

From 2011, the Famous Billy Tea will be donating funds to Legacy and its vast network of volunteers so they can continue caring for the more than 100,000 widows, and 1900 children, of deceased veterans.

It seems fitting for the Famous Billy Tea company, as it was originally created in 1888 to refresh hard-working Aussie diggers.

In fact, Banjo Patterson’s original poem Waltzing Matilda was adapted and set to music in 1903 for a Billy Tea jingle. Since then, the catchy ditty has become a quintessential part of Australian culture, as is Legacy and its dedicated volunteers.

Legacy named as major charity partner of The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane in 2011

On Sunday, 14 November 2010, it was announced that Legacy will be the major charity partner of The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane in 2011.

The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane is a fun run held in Brisbane each year. The first race occurred in 1997 with less than 5,000 entrants and each year the event raises funds for charity. Over the past 14 years more than 289,000 participants in The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane have helped raise over $3.71 million for charities. Previous beneficiaries have included charities such as Autism Queensland, Heart Foundation, Youngcare, Surf Life Saving Queensland – 2007 Year of the Surf Lifesaver, Royal Women’s Hospital, Guide Dogs Queensland, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Royal Flying Doctors Services, Youth Enterprise Trust, the Hear and Say Centre and many more.

Brisbane Legacy President, Tony Ralph, said that Legacy was extremely grateful that the major sponsors of this event, The Sunday Mail and Suncorp, had seen fit to assist Legacy in 2011.

Help Harrison get to the 2010 BMX World Championships in South Africa

Join Townsville Legacy and help us fundraise so that Harrison can fulfil his dream of competing and securing a place in the 2010 BMX World Championships in South Africa.

Townsville Legacy would really like to see Harrison realise his dream. We hope that you too will be inspired and help us in this special mission.

Your support will assist the Buswell family in the costs associated and ensure Harrison and his mum, Jodie, can travel to South Africa so that Harrison can compete.

Harrison’s father, Tim, served in Somalia with 1RAR and tragically died not long after service from a rare disease which they believe he contracted whilst on duty. After Tim’s death in 2006 Legacy has been supporting the Buswell family. To ensure the Harrison and his two brothers didn't miss out despite the loss of their Dad, Legacy has financially supported all of the boys school fees, books and uniforms; as well as Harrison's BMX racing pursuits as he is an extremely talented rider.
Harrison's racing time unofficially ranks him fifth in the world for his age group (this is unoffical as he was only aged six and too young to qualify at the time). Now that Harrison is seven he has been officially accepted to compete at the BMX World Championships this August in South Africa. There is great confidence Harrison will secure a world ranking if he competes as well as he has been to date. At the Suncorp QLD state finals this month he won every race in his age group, and he will be attending the Australian Championships this May. Harrison's dream is to eventually represent Australia at the Olympics for BMX riding.

How proud would Harrison's Dad be to know Harrison has achieved so much at such a young age.

We urge you to please dig deep and show your support for Harrison by making a tax deductible donation today!

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Welcome to the world!

Legacy is pleased to announce the safe arrival of Ziggy Phoenix Till son of Breeanna Till and the late Sergeant Brett Till who died tragically in Afghanistan in April this year. Ziggy is the first child for Breeanna and a brother to Jacob and Tahleah.

Bree wishes to extend her thanks to all those who have supported her over the past few months and looks forward to raising her new born son in loving memory of her late husband Brett.

Legacy Week 2010: Legacy calls for Australians to support the families of recently deceased Veterans
Media Release, August 30 2010

Legacy is calling on the Australian community to show their support for the families of deceased Veterans during Legacy Week 2010.

The iconic appeal which starts on Sunday, 29 August and runs until Saturday, 4 September, follows the recent, tragic deaths of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.

On Monday 30 August, there will be a Remembrance Ceremony in Martin Place, Sydney at 12noon. Lieutenant General David Hurley will make a keynote speech and launch Legacy Week. Bree Till wife of the recently killed Sgt Brett Till will be laying a wreath in memory of the soldiers who have all recently died as a result of their service.

Legacy is dedicated to the welfare of widows and dependents of our Defence Force personnel killed in wars past and present, peacekeeping or hazardous service, or who have died subsequently.

Australians can help Legacy ‘Keep the Promise’ by buying a badge during Legacy Week and wearing it with pride. The pivotal day is Badge Day – Friday 3 September. Show the families left behind your gratitude for their sacrifice.

For the first time badges will be sold at all Commonwealth Bank branches, and following their lead, they will also available at Telstra stores and Thales offices, (Legacy’s national partners) as well at Dan Murphy’s stores, BWS stores, Australia Post Offices and Invocare.

In another first, Australians will be able to text their support to Legacy to receive a Virtual Legacy Badge, thanks to Telstra. For every person that sends an SMS by texting ‘LEGACY’ to 044 SUPPORT (044 7877 678), Telstra will donate $1 to Legacy.

According to the Minister of Veterans Affairs there have been about 50,000 veterans created since the Iraq War in the 1990’s.

Legacy Australia Chairman, David Kelly said, “With tens of thousands of Defence Force personnel deployed over recent years, and Australia’s continuing commitment in Afghanistan and to various peace-keeping operations we see a growing demand for Legacy’s services now and well into the future.

Legacy stands ready to support the families of Australia’s 3,500 men and women currently deployed on operations around the globe to ensure they receive assistance and care that is needed at such times, and we maintain a life-long commitment to serving Defence families as required,” David Kelly concluded.

Legacy assists more than 65,000 widow(er)s and 1,800 children and people with a disability across Australia. Legacy volunteers provide practical assistance for widows, which may include individual day-to-day contact and support, whilst the organisation assists with medical and financial assistance, advocacy, holidays and education.

Australian Business Supports Families of Legacy

19 July, 2010

Families of deceased veterans are now being further supported, following the announcement of a National Associate Partnership which was recently signed, between Legacy, an organisation dedicated to caring for the families of deceased veterans, and InvoCare, Australia’s largest provider of funeral services.

InvoCare is an Australian listed company that owns and operates funeral homes, cemeteries and crematoria across Australia and Singapore.

InvoCare has signed a three year deal with Legacy, providing essential funds for much needed additional support to families. The partnership will take effect from 1st July 2010, and will last until 30th June 2013.

The partnership is primarily aimed at providing mutual support to each organisation's activities and services.

Signing the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of InvoCare will be Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Andrew Smith.
“We are very pleased to support such a worthwhile organisation and by signing this three year Memorandum of Understanding, it is a solid indication of our commitment. The funding support we will provide will go towards ensuring families of our brave Defence Force can continue to rely on Legacy to provide the same vital services that they currently offer.”

Also welcoming the National Associate Partnership is the National Chairman for Legacy, David Kelly. “Legacy is a voluntary organisation supported by veterans, servicemen and women, and volunteers drawn from all walks of life. Our services are dependent on funding support, and as a result of the partnership with InvoCare, Legacy is able to provide enormous peace of mind for families who have suffered great loss.”

Legacy supports over 100,000 widows and 1900 children and dependents with a disability. That support has now been extended to include the dependents of members of today’s Australian Defence Force who lose their lives as a result of their military service.

Pharmaceuticals costs review

June, 2010

In June 2010 Legacy finalised a submission to the Commonwealth Government’s Pharmaceutical Costs review.

This submission is concerned with the apparent lack of consideration for war widows and orphans in the Paper provided for consultation.

Legacy’s submission was provided via a letter dated 8 June 2010 from Legacy Australia Council to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Review Team.

Click here to read the full text of the submission.

Legacy Founder Honoured

Unveiling of a Plaque at 'Legacy Place', Commercial Road, Morwell - Friday, 15 April 2010

Legacy founder Stan Savige is honoured in his Morwell birthplace and now has a special place in the history of the town. His recognition was completed with the recent unveiling of a plaque at ‘Legacy Place’ Commercial Road, Morwell.

Latrobe City Councillor Sandy Kam, Advance Morwell member Max Williamson and Melbourne Legacy Past President, Legatee Bill Rogers officially unveiled a bronze plaque depicting both the work of Legacy and the achievements of Sir Stanley Savige on Friday 15 April 2010.

Councillor Kam said, ‘Latrobe City community can claim Sir Stanley as “one of their own”. Sir Stanley Savige is a special individual worthy of community recognition by his significant and long lasting contribution; firstly as a decorated military person but more importantly, as a humanitarian and founder of Legacy - a wonderful organisation dedicated to caring for the families of deceased veterans.’

Advance Morwell played a leading role in the memorial project, supported by members of the planning group and Latrobe City Council, who was the major sponsor of the project. The plaque and naming of LEGACY PLACE completes the final stage of the Savige memorial project that commenced with the erection of a bronze bust of Sir Stanley Savige in 2006.

The total cost of the bronze bust of Stanley Savige and the bronze plaque exceeded $35,000 which was raised by a very dedicated Advance Morwell Committee.

Legatee Bill Rogers said ‘I am sure the late Stanley Savige would be delighted that today over 6,000 volunteer members of Legacy (known as Legatees) are advocating for the families of deceased veterans.’

Stan Savige enlisted in the First Australian Imperial Forces in 1915 and landed in Gallipoli that year. He was commissioned at Lone Pine and commanded one of his battalion’s rearguard parties during the evacuation. In 1916 he was posted to France where he was awarded the Military Cross. He was sent to the Middle East in 1918 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order later that year. He married in 1919 and, in 1923 founded Legacy in Melbourne. He died, at the age of 63 years, in Melbourne, on 15 May 1954.

VB Raise A Glass Appeal 2010

Press Release, 8 April 2010

8th April 2010: Leaders of the ex-service community gathered at Box Hill RSL Club in Melbourne today for the official launch of this year’s Raise A Glass Appeal – a national initiative to raise vital funds for the welfare programs of the Returned and Services League Australia (RSL) and Legacy.

Developed in 2009 by the RSL National Executive, the Legacy Coordinating Council and VB, the Raise A Glass Appeal provides funding for practical and emotional assistance to serving and ex-service men and women, and the families of fallen veterans.

In its inaugural year the Appeal raised $1.13 million. This year, the Appeal aims to raise more than $1.3 million, with VB contributing $1 million as well as encouraging the public, customers and suppliers to also contribute as they did last year. To date, the Appeal has already raised $1.19 million (which includes VB’s $1 million contribution).

Leaders of the defence community including Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Rtd), National President of the RSL, David Kelly, National Chairman of the Legacy Australia Council, and General Peter Cosgrove AC MC (Rtd), are encouraging Australians to show their support.

Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Rtd) said: “The Raise a Glass Appeal provides an opportunity for Australians to reflect upon the sacrifices made by those during active service and very importantly, it is also a major source of funding that makes a real difference.”

One hundred percent of funds raised by the Appeal are distributed between the RSL and Legacy.

David Kelly said: “The 2009 Appeal has allowed us to provide more than 2,000 personal security alarms for elderly widows, camps for hundreds of junior Legatees, and provide support and financial aid to thousands more families. I’m not sure the general public realise just how incredibly successful the Raise A Glass Appeal was in 2009 and the incredible difference it made to people’s lives.”

“With Australia’s continued support of the 2010 Appeal, Legacy will be able to significantly impact the lives of families suffering financial and social hardship from the loss of a loved one as a result of active service,” added Kelly.

Legatee and former Chief of the Defence Force, General Peter Cosgrove, is supporting the Appeal again this year, appearing in a television commercial and visiting a number of communities as part of a national tour.

“The RSL and Legacy continue to be relevant and important welfare providers to the community. I urge all Australians to show their support and take part in this year’s Raise A Glass Appeal” said General Cosgrove.

Australians are again invited to contribute their own tribute story on the Appeal’s website.

General Cosgrove added: “The goal is to collect hundreds of stories, adding to those we received last year. We encourage people to record theirs and spend time reading others.”

“The Appeal is a worthy way in which VB can contribute significantly to the wider community and we’re committed to ensuring it has a growing and lasting impact,” said Paul Donaldson, VB Marketing Manager.
“The initiative builds on a long, informal association between VB and the Armed Forces. Part of the imagery of the Appeal is a genuine photo of World War II soldiers enjoying their ration of VB,” said Donaldson.

The picture is of members of the 13th Platoon, D Company in the 2nd/1st Machine Gun Battalion stationed in Ikingi, Egypt, in 1941. VB is still sent to our armed services overseas.

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David Kelly; introducing special guest
Phillip Hocking who was part of the
battalion featured in the WW2 photo
that appears in the marketing

VB Raise A Glass Appeal - Box Hill Event Launch
From left to right: John Pollaers (CUB MD), Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Rtd), National President of the RSL, Phillip Hocking, Paul Donaldson (Group Marketing Manager VB) and David Kelly.
VB Raise A Glass Appeal - Participating Venues
Participating venues are donating $300 or more to the 2010 appeal. Through their contributions, the appeal has already raised over $1,219,910.00 (which includes VB’s $1million contribution) which is a significant increase on last year. To view participating venues please click here

Melbourne - Launch of the Broadband for Seniors Initiative
The Hon. Jenny Macklin, Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs officially unveiled one of the first broadband kiosk to go live in Australia at Legacy House, Melbourne on Thursday 3 September 2009. The kiosk is part of the $15m Federal Government Broadband for Seniors initiative to increase internet access for the country’s senior citizen population.

NEC Australia heads a consortium of organisations that are deploying the broadband kiosks and delivering training. They are: U3A online, ASCCCA and Adult Learning Australia.

Research shows that 70% of over 64’s haven’t been online and the reason is a lack of confidence and access. This new initiative aims to overcome these barriers and provide training and access to help senior citizens benefit from the opportunities online. Melbourne Legacy is thankful to the Federal Government and NEC for providing the Internet Kiosk at Legacy House Melbourne. It will enable us to provide yet another service to our widows and it is most fitting that this extra service was provided during Legacy Week

A special highlight of the launch, which was covered on Channel 7 and ABC2 evening news, was a demonstration
on how to use the Internet by 86 year old Legacy widow, Pauline Priestly to 103 year old Legacy widow May Rush.
Mrs Rush was amazed to see an article about her on the internet. Mrs Priestly googled in the name May Rush and
as Mrs Rush had recently been featured in The Leader Newspaper, as part of a Legacy Week promotion; her photo appeared on the screen. It was an exciting moment for our 103year old widow to see herself on a computer screen! May Rush is an avid fan of ‘The Lions’ and learnt how to google up her beloved football team - it goes to show that you are never too old to learn!

Minister Jenny Macklin MP guides Legacy Widows Pauline Priestly and May Rush through the website.
86 year old Legacy widow Pauline Priestly (right) demonstrates features of the Internet to103 year old Legacy widow May Rush.

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