Media Release – Legacy Week 20178

Legacy Week 2018

A week to support the spouses and children of deceased or seriously injured veterans.

For close to a century, Australian veterans have honoured the pledge made by the original ANZACs to care for the ‘missus and kids’ of their fallen comrades who have given their life or their health for their country. What is often forgotten is that it is not just our servicemen and women who sacrifice on behalf of our country.

For every serving Australian, there’s more than one life at stake. Thousands of spouses and kids are deeply affected by the death or serious injury of a loved one.

Australians will have the chance to show their support for these very special families by buying a badge during Legacy Week, Sunday 2 September to Saturday 8 September 2018

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

Legacy Australia Chairman, Mr Rick Cranna said although it is the final year of the Anzac Centenary, Australians must always remember to support the families of those who give their lives or health in service.

“We are still supporting around 58,000 Widows who are needing our ongoing assistance, particularly in their senior years and we have new generations of vulnerable families,” Mr Cranna said.

“For every serviceman or woman, there is a family who risks having their life devastated.  Legacy’s services are evolving to meet their needs, including those of families of veterans from more recent conflicts who are struggling with psychological or physical injuries.”

Legacy merchandise, including badges, pens and the very popular Legacy bears will be available across the country during Legacy Week. To make a donation or volunteer your time visit www.legacy.com.au or call 1800 534 229.

Legacy Australia in numbers:

100,000 Australian service men and women lost in all conflicts

60,000 beneficiaries, 96% of them being elderly widows helped by Legacy Australia

Over 4,000 volunteers (named Legatees)

1,800 children and dependants with a disability receiving support from Legacy

1923 the year Legacy began  520 widows over the age of 100 still alive today

1 promise kept for 95 years

For further information or interviews please contact: Carly Forrester, Legacy Australia Phone: 0437 617 351 or Email: media@legacy.com.au