HMAS Penguin supports Legacy on the wharves

Published on WO Ian Daley (author), Department of Defence (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Penguin, Sydney

Topic(s): HMAS Penguin, Legacy

(L-R) PO Steve Swanson, SMN Abbey Hegyi, SMN Olivia Bariatti and SMN Lloyd Asimus about to hit the wharves for Legacy Week. (photo: )
(L-R) PO Steve Swanson, SMN Abbey Hegyi, SMN Olivia Bariatti and SMN Lloyd Asimus about to hit the wharves for Legacy Week.

HMAS Penguin officers and sailors have once again ‘hit the wharves’ to support Legacy with the selling of badges for Legacy Week.

Penguin members will be on the ferry wharves at Mosman, Cremorne and Neutral Bay throughout this Legacy Week.

One of the many volunteers from HMAS Penguin is Petty Officer Steve Swanson.

“It is always great to get out and about in the local community,” he said.

“This ongoing support of Legacy each year by the men and woman of HMAS Penguin is a great example of the dedication and professionalism shown by all of our officers and sailors.” 

The Legacy charity has its origins in the Great War of 1914-18 and was originally set up to assist returning servicemen in business. By 1925, Legacy turned its attention to caring for the children of deceased servicemen.

Today, across Australia, Legacy assists more than 60,000 widows and children who have lost a parent or spouse. Legacy cares for widows of World War veterans, the Korean War, Malayan emergency and Vietnam as well as affected families belonging to more contemporary servicemen and women. 

Legacy assistance comes in many forms and is available to families of veterans of conflicts and peacekeeping operations, including those where a parent has been injured or is dealing with mental health issues as a result of their service. Any death which is deemed ‘service-related’ qualifies a family for assistance from Legacy. 

The organisation supports these families through practical programs, such as providing relief from financial hardship, advocating for entitlements, assisting with children’s education and development and promoting social inclusion through group camps and social outings. 

For as long as Australian servicemen and women risk their lives for our nation, Legacy will be there for their families.

So if you happen to see a smiling face of a Penguin person why not dig deep and buy a Legacy badge to help out.