A Stirling goal for Legacy

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

Location(s): Domain Stadium, Perth, Domain Stadium, Perth, Domain Stadium, Perth

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, Charities and Fundraising, Events, Legacy

Legacy Bears with (L-R) Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Benjamin Ricketts, Louise Nelson, Lyn Ward and Kerrin Glover during the Legacy 'Badge Day' collection in Hay Street Mall, Perth CBD. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)
Legacy Bears with (L-R) Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Benjamin Ricketts, Louise Nelson, Lyn Ward and Kerrin Glover during the Legacy 'Badge Day' collection in Hay Street Mall, Perth CBD.

Volunteers from Rockingham base, HMAS Stirling rattled tins as part of Legacy Badge Day fundraising before the sirens sounded for the fourth HMAS Sydney II Australian Football League Memorial match commenced at Perth’s Domain Stadium on the Easter long weekend.

The annual match between the West Coast Eagles and the Sydney Swans commemorates the sinking of Sydney II in which all 645 hands were lost in Australia’s greatest naval tragedy.

A curtain-raiser between the Emergency Services and a Stirling team was held prior to the premiership round match while the Navy Band entertained the spectators during the half-time break.

President of Perth Legacy, Legatee James Ford said he was extremely grateful for the ongoing support provided by Navy personnel in the important fundraising activities to care for the families of deceased and ill Defence veterans.

“Legacy in Western Australian currently cares for around 5,200 widows  and spouses  aged from their mid 20s to 106, 40 children under the age of 18 and around 40 dependant adult wards, some up to 70 years of age.

“Across Australia, Legacy cares for 70,000 widows and 1,900 children and disabled dependant Wards,” Mr Ford said.

Navy once again supported Legacy by collecting ‘Badge Day’ donations and selling badges, Legacy teddy bears and wristbands at metropolitan train stations, Domain Stadium and in the Perth CBD.

“Legacy appreciates the support Navy provides throughout the years, particularly in the very busy lead up to Anzac Day each April,” he said.

Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Benjamin Ricketts volunteered alongside local politicians and the ‘Legacy Bear’ and said that it was an honour and a privilege to raise money for Legacy.

“We received amazing support from all citizens throughout Perth,” Able Seaman Ricketts said.

“The first person to donate to Legacy to the tin was a homeless person who approached me directly and thanked the Navy and Defence Forces for what we do for the country.

“We appreciate the constant support we always get from elderly citizens who are often the first to approach us with big smiles and wonderful donations.

“Young sons and daughters, who probably are seeing the Legacy Volunteers and particularly service men and women, for the first time, dug deep too,” he said.