Over 40 shipmates from HMAS Kuttabul and Garden Island pounded the pavement throughout Sydney from 2-6 September 2013 to collect donations for Legacy Week’s iconic annual fundraising campaign.
Legacy Week is the national appeal to raise awareness and funds for the families of the nation’s incapacitated and deceased Veterans.
On 2 September 2013 Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, AO CVO, the Governor of New South Wales launched the special week at the Cenotaph, Martin Place Sydney.
Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett AM CSC RAN represented the Royal Australian Navy at the launch and participated in a wreath laying ceremony.
“It is an honour to support Legacy and help raise awareness for such a worthy cause.”
“Families are the Navy’s biggest supporters and those who lose loved ones in service to our country make an enormous sacrifice.”
“There are hundreds of Australian Defence Force personnel currently deployed overseas. Legacy stands ready to assist their families should the worst happen.”
“The Royal Australian Navy continues to be a major patron for Legacy Week,” said Rear Admiral Barrett.
Throughout Legacy Week the Navy volunteers set up stalls, tables and merchandise and operated as ‘rovers’ to collect donations throughout Sydney City’s centre.
September 6 was official ‘Badge Day’ where badges of the Legacy symbol were offered to passers by as a token of appreciation for the donations made by the public during the week.
Able Seaman Marine Technician Louise McDermott said she was very happy to get out and about in uniform in honour of the cause.
“It was an absolutely fantastic experience and I am still quite overwhelmed by the support from the public.
“We were approached by young and old - people from all walks of life.
“The response and generosity from the public was just so good to see,” ABMT McDermott said.
Legacy week is held annually throughout Australia in cities big and small.
The funds raised from Legacy Week help Legacy continue to assist approximately 100,000 widows and 1800 children and people with disabilities Australia-wide, with essential services such as, counselling, special housing, medical, advocacy and social support.
Public support also helps Legacy nurture children’s education, by contributing towards their school fees, books, uniforms and recreational activities to aid their self development and confidence.
2013 is a particularly special year for Legacy as the organisation celebrates its 90th anniversary.