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Legacy Week 2019

August 2019

Little Badge, Big Impact. Our Legacy badges may be small, but the funds they raise make a big impact. Australians will have the chance to show their support for these very special families by buying a badge during Legacy Week, September 1 to September 7, 2019.

As one of Australia’s oldest and most iconic charities, Legacy grew out of the ashes of the Great War and still supports around 52,000 families of Defence personnel who have given their lives or their health in service of their country.

Legacy Australia Chairman, Mr Rick Cranna, said the families of the dedicated men and women who serve their country deserve the recognition of their sacrifice and the support of all Australians. He said a promise to look after the “missus and the kids” made by diggers in WWI to their mates who had fallen continues at the heart of what Legacy does today.
“Legacy cares for widows and dependants all sharing the heartache of losing a loved one – either physically or mentally – which can last a lifetime,” said Mr Cranna.
“Legacy’s role continues to evolve to accommodate the changing needs of the families we support, including those affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which it does while keeping the Legacy ethos that has served us proudly since 1923.
“When you see a badge seller in the street during Legacy Week please help us keep the promise to families in need and buy a badge and wear it with pride.”

Legacy is the only organisation of its type in the world and relies on an army of dedicated volunteers, many of whom are returned servicemen and women, to carry out its vital work.

Legacy merchandise, including badges, wristbands and the very popular Legacy bears will be available across the country during Legacy Week.

$50,000 donation To Legacy Australia from Dr Chau Chak Wing

April 2019

Legacy’s Kokoda Challenge will return in 2020 following a $50,000 donation from Dr Chau Chak Wing. The donation was presented to Legacy Chairman Rick Cranna OAM in a ceremony with Australian philanthropist Dr Chau Chak Wing.

The Kokoda Challenge has not been undertaken since 2017 due to a lack of funding.The Kokoda Challenge will see Junior Legatees between the ages of 18 and 25 join ADF mentors, to undertake the challenging 96 kilometre trek through tropical rainforest, challenging mountain terrain and unspoiled villages along the legendary Kokoda Track.
Rick Cranna said that whilst it is disappointing for the trek to not be going ahead this year, it is extremely exciting to already have some of funding in place for 2020 with this generous donation.

“This donation will greatly assist with Legacy Australia’s planning for the 2020 Kokoda Challenge which helps make a real difference to the lives of our Junior Legatees who have suffered as a result of the service of a family member,” Mr Cranna said.
“During the Kokoda Challenge these young Australians will been given the opportunity to commemorate the service and sacrifice of their loved ones and those who have served.”

Dr Chau Chak Wing congratulated Legacy for the outstanding work they do. “Legacy and its volunteers provide an incredible service, and the work they do is so important in supporting the families of our servicemen and women,” Dr Chau said.

“I am particularly proud to be able to support the 2020 Kokoda Challenge. I have no doubt the Junior Legatees will find undertaking the historic trek both challenging and personally rewarding.”

The Junior Legatees are young people who have faced adversity in their lives through the death or incapacitation of a parent due to their Operational Service in the Australian Defence Force.

Legacy Australia Inc. to join The National Redress Scheme

March 2019

Legacy Australia Incorporated (LA Inc.), one of Australia’s oldest charities, today announced they will be joining The National Redress Scheme created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and commenced operating on 1 July 2018,

Since 1923, Legacy has been caring for the families of our Australian Defence Force who have given their life or health for their country as a result of their military service. Today around 60,000 widows and over 1,000 children rely on Legacy's support nationally.

The final decision to opt in was made last week after many months of investigation and advice into how the redress scheme will operate and what the process and obligations of joining the scheme will be.

“While this is a difficult matter, the Board of LA Inc. believes it is right to stand up and face the responsibility that, if there is just one person who has been impacted through abuse while in the care of Legacy Australia, they are rightly and justly entitled to get the answers and the support they deserve,” LA Inc.’s Chairman, Rick Cranna said

"It doesn’t stop there for LA Inc. as it we will continue to encourage and support other Legacy Clubs in their decision making process when deciding whether or not to opt in the National Redress Scheme. The Legacy Club of Brisbane has already opted in and a significant number of other Legacy Clubs from around Australia have indicated that they intent to opt in before the 30 June 2020 deadline for doing so,” Mr Cranna said.

Legacy remains committed to serve the families of the fallen and has a proud history of service. As a responsible organisation, we know that there may have been incidents of abuse and if there has been, we stand ready to make amends.

Legacy Australia, as the national advocacy body of Legacy, will continue to work with each and every Club to join the Scheme however we do respect each Clubs autonomy in making this decision.

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