Sailors support Legacy Week

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, NSW

Topic(s): Charities, Fundraising & Community, Legacy

Able Seamen Aviation Daniel May and Shannon O'Brien of HMAS Albatross sell Legacy badges in Martin Place, Sydney during Legacy Week.
 (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)
Able Seamen Aviation Daniel May and Shannon O'Brien of HMAS Albatross sell Legacy badges in Martin Place, Sydney during Legacy Week.

Sailors from Sydney and the New South Wales South Coast have been throwing their support behind Legacy this week, raising money and awareness for the organisation that supports Defence families.

Legacy Week, also known for its Badge Day on 2 September, began in 1942.

The national appeal is designed to raise awareness and funds for the families of incapacitated and deceased veterans.

Collecting donations in Martin Place, Sydney, Able Seaman Aviation Support Daniel May, from HMAS Albatross said the generosity shown by members of the public was impressive.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of people coming forward to share their stories,” he said.

“For those who have directly benefited from Legacy’s support, they often say they don’t know where they’d be without it.”

The funds raised from Legacy Week will continue to assist approximately 80,000 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 will also help Legacy nurture children’s education, by contributing towards their school fees, books, uniforms, and recreational activities to aid their self development and confidence.

Able Seaman May, who is collecting for the second year in a row said it’s been a rewarding experience.

“We’ve all been impressed by the generosity shown by the Sydney community and it’s more than enough motivation to keep doing it each and every year,” he said.

Established in 1923 by ex-servicemen, Legacy has the aim of caring for the dependents of deceased Australian service men and women.

In recent years, operations in East Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan and the broader Middle East have provided a vital and ongoing service for Legacy.