Navy gives to the Future, who give to the Past

Published on LEUT Kirsti Burtenshaw (author), LAC Michael Green (photographer)

Navy Cadet (CDT) Seaman talk to residents of the JC Goreman Legacy Village during the 16th Legacy Working Bee. (From left) CDT Seaman Zac Zelher, CDT Seaman Madaline Hellyer, Mrs Moreen Deighton, Mrs Joyce King, CDT Seaman Jack Whitmore and Mrs Joan Jackson. (photo: LAC Michael Green)
Navy Cadet (CDT) Seaman talk to residents of the JC Goreman Legacy Village during the 16th Legacy Working Bee. (From left) CDT Seaman Zac Zelher, CDT Seaman Madaline Hellyer, Mrs Moreen Deighton, Mrs Joyce King, CDT Seaman Jack Whitmore and Mrs Joan Jackson.

The ties between Australian Naval Cadets at Training Ship (TS) Canberra and Royal Australian Navy members continued to strengthen at a recent working bee in Queanbeyan’s Legacy Village. Coming off the success of various other joint endeavours current serving members and potential recruits worked together to assist in the maintenance of the Village. They also spent time chatting to older residential widows of serving members.

Legacy is a nation wide organisation that provides a service to over 115,000 widows and 1900 dependents from families with deceased or incapacitated veterans. Queanbeyan Legacy is HMAS Harman’s official charity.

Chief Petty Officer Sharon Waterston supervises Cadet Seaman Nick Short and Zac Zelher in he garden of the JC Goreman Legacy Village during the 16th Legacy Working Bee.

Chief Petty Officer Sharon Waterston supervises Cadet Seaman Nick Short and Zac Zelher in he garden of the JC Goreman Legacy Village during the 16th Legacy Working Bee.

Queanbeyan Legacy manages and provides affordable accommodation at the Legacy Village generally for older widows.

With 19 years under his belt as a Marine Technician, Petty Officer Alan Nelson also volunteers as a staff member at TS Canberra and spoke warmly of the role of mentoring cadets. He also highlighted how important opportunities like the Legacy Village working bee were for both the TS Canberra cadets and the residents they were supporting.

“A large number of Naval Cadets go on to join the Navy, and to have a role in shaping what effectively is the start of their career is a privilege and one I do not take lightly. Opportunities to work with serving members for such important causes such as Legacy are a fantastic opportunity for these young people and further strengthen their enthusiasm for a career of service,” Petty Officer Nelson said.

Cadet Able Seaman Benjamin Waterston had a range of duties on the Legacy Village day, but managed to spend time chatting to Joyce, whose three sons served in the Navy.

“A lot of us from TS Canberra are hoping to have a successful career in the Navy, but in order to be a positive future, I think we really need to understand, respect and be grateful for the past. Hopefully, we have been able to give a little back to our past today,”  Cadet Able Seaman Waterston said.

Additional imagery is available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20143577

For more information visit www.legacy.com.au.