Wiggles and Navy unite to launch Legacy Week

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LEUT Andrew Ragless (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, New South Wales

Topic(s): HMAS Choules (L100), Legacy Week

The Wiggles; Anthony, Emma, Simon, Lachy and Captain Feathersword joined with Sunrise weather  presenter Sam Mac, Legacy families and the ships company of HMAS Choules this morning for the launch of Legacy Week. (photo: LEUT Andrew Ragless)
The Wiggles; Anthony, Emma, Simon, Lachy and Captain Feathersword joined with Sunrise weather presenter Sam Mac, Legacy families and the ships company of HMAS Choules this morning for the launch of Legacy Week.

The Wiggles, Captain Feathersword, and a small but enthusiastic group of young fans took over the flight deck of HMAS Choules to launch Legacy Week this morning.
 
The launch was covered and broadcast nationally by Channel Seven’s Sunrise weatherman, Sam Mac. 
 
Choules
Commanding Officer, Commander Chris Aulmann, said the Royal Australian Navy was proud to support the work of Legacy and encouraged the public and all service personnel to give generously.
 
He said the event was a fun way to promote a serious subject “close to every service man and woman’s heart”.

“The Australian Defence Force has more than 2,000 personnel deployed around the globe this year. That includes almost 200 sailors onboard HMAS Perth, deployed to the Middle East to support international efforts to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in that part of the world,” Commander Aulmann said.

“The nature of our work often puts our men and women in harms way. Knowing Legacy is back home to support their families offers them great comfort while they are away serving their country.”

Blue Wiggle, Anthony Field, said the children’s super group had lent their support to Legacy because “families mean everything to the Wiggles”.
 
“That’s why we are proud to support Legacy Australia, for all the extraordinary work they do among our Defence Force families,” he said.

Legacy Week raises funds to support the charity’s core business of caring for the families of those who served their country.
 
The theme for this year is, ‘For each serving Australian who risks everything, a family does the same’.
 
Legacy Australia Chairman, Tony Ralph, thanked the crew of Choules for its support.
 
“Legacy and the Australian Defence Force have a strong relationship based on the understanding that Legacy stands by to provide a lifetime of support to a veteran’s family if needed,” Ms Walker said.
 
Legacy is a unique and iconic Australian charity dedicated to supporting Australian Defence Force families which are suffering financially and socially after the death or serious injury of a spouse or parent, during or after their active service.
 
Legacy Week is a national campaign to raise money to assist the families of defence personnel who gave their life or health in defence of the nation.
 
It runs from 28 August to 3 September, with a national fundraising day - Badge Day - on Friday 2 September.