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Thales Graduate helps Legacy Dependants with Disabilities

Thales graduate Thuan-Jin Kee recently spent 12 days as a volunteer at Melbourne Legacy's Somers Disability Camp, hoping to brighten the lives of those in need.

The annual camp held on the Mornington Peninsula is attended by 60 Legacy dependants with special needs ranging in age from 30 to 70.
The dependants are cared for by 45 volunteers and Legatees and activities include visiting local attractions, sailing and nature tours, as well as concerts and craft sessions.

Jin said "The experience of being among these people is life changing. The greater the need, the greater the good is done when the need is met. To see Australia and Australians take care of families that have paid so dearly for our continued security is something that will stay with me forever, and I hope to be a part of it for as long as I can."

During the camp, Jin made a special connection to one dependant, Ernie, who uses a wheelchair to get around and needs assistance on a one-to-one basis.

At the end of the camp, after being told by Ernie that he looked forward to being back here again together, Jin says "I felt proud in that moment, like I'd done a good thing, and this gentleman wanted me to do more of it."

Melbourne Legacy's President, Dr Bryce Phillips, thanked Jin for giving up his time to assist those in need.

"Jin's enthusiasm and energy is commendable, along with his willingness to get down to the hard one-on-one tasks involved in maintaining the wellbeing of those individuals with disabilities,".

Dr Phillips also thanked Thales for the wonderful support it provides to Legacy.

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