The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
THIS coming week is Legacy Week, an annual appeal that raises awareness and funds to support the families of Australian veterans.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said Legacy Week was known for its trademark badges and was a simple way that Australians can support our ex-service personnel and their families, and say ‘thank you’.
“Every year since 1942, Legacy volunteers have fundraised across Australia for the families of veterans who stand by our service men and women both during and after their service,” Mr Chester said.
"This year has been unprecedented in so many ways, and the coronavirus crisis has heightened many of the pressures that our veterans and their families are experiencing.
“That is why it is more important than ever that we all do what we can to help organisations like Legacy support the families of veterans and I encourage Australians to consider buying a badge or supporting Legacy online.”
This month has also seen the appointment of Gwen Cherne as the first ever Veteran Family Advocate, ensuring veterans’ families’ perspectives are represented and at the forefront of policy and decision making across Government.
“Legacy supports the families of veterans who have fallen, or whose health has suffered as a result of their service. They helped my family in our darkest of times with financial and social support,” Ms Cherne said.
“Legacy Week is about ensuring continued services are available for the 52,000 veterans’ families that Legacy supports across Australia.
“Legacy has a strong history of commitment to Australian military families, so buy a badge, donate or consider becoming a volunteer for this great organisation.”
Due to coronavirus pandemic, unfortunately this year many of the normal fundraising events that Legacy run during Legacy Week will not be able to go ahead as they normally would. This is to protect the health and safety of the participants and Legacy volunteers.
Badge Day is Friday, 4 September (Thursday, 3 September in Western Australia) and donations can be made at the Legacy Week website, www.legacyweek.com.au. Legacy merchandise, including their famous badges and bears, can also be purchased online at the Legacy shop, www.legacyshop.com.au.
The Legacy Australia National Launch Commemorative Wreathlaying Ceremony will be hosted by the Australian War Memorial on Monday 31 August 2020. Members of the public are encouraged to support the national launch by considering purchasing Legacy merchandise or making a financial donation.
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Open Arms — Veterans and Families Counselling provides support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families. Free and confidential help is available 24/7. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 1800 011 046 or +61 8 8241 4546) or visit www.OpenArms.gov.au