Legacy’s 'best sellers' from 2013 have been given a personal tour of HMAS Stuart as a thank you for their efforts in raising funds for the charity.
Senior students from schools across Sydney were welcomed onboard the frigate currently along side at Garden Island.
Legatee and member of ship’s company Chief Petty Officer Lloyd Johnson said it was important to show appreciation for the hard work the students put in.
“Legacy does a great deal of good work for the Defence community and it is important we continue to support them,” Chief Petty Officer Johnson said.
“You never know if your spouse or children may need their help one day.”
Chief Petty Officer Johnson said it was especially significant to him as Legacy had supported him through school.
“I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the support of Legacy,” Chief Petty Officer Johnson said.
“It is vital that we thank the students for their hard work, what they do to support the charity is outstanding.”
Legacy Events Coordinator, Hannah Carling said the students on board Stuart had shown particular passion during the 2013 Badge Day.
“The students here today are our 'best sellers', who include not only some of our highest sellers, but also students who showed particular enthusiasm in their sales approach,” Ms Carling said.
“Legacy relies on schools and the Australia Defence Force for their support in raising funds on Badge Day,”
“In 2013 we had approximately 300 school students and 300 Defence members volunteer their time to Legacy in the Sydney CBD alone.”
St Aloysius College student and 'best seller' Legacy volunteer, Patrick Butler said it was his first time on board a Navy vessel.
“I was surprised how big the ship is inside, every inch of space has been utilised, its very deceptive looking at it from the outside,” Patrick, 16, said.
Patrick was one of the highest sellers in 2013, raising almost $700 through Legacy badges and merchandise.
“I found standing outside a busy train station, while wearing my Army Cadet uniform was the best way to get people to notice we were raising money for Legacy.”
“The work Legacy do is very important and I feel proud to have helped.”
Legacy is an Australian charity offering financial and social support to defence families affected by the death or incapacitation of a spouse or parent.
Each year Legacy needs hundreds of students and members of the Australian Defence Force to assist in raising funds during Legacy Week which is held in most states during the first week of September.
If you are interested in learning more about Legacy go to http://www.legacy.com.au or to volunteer with your local Legacy club contact email@example.com.