HMAS Waterhen Legacy Week delivers great result

Published on PO Nathan Caddis (author), ABIS Tara Byrne (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Waterhen, Sydney

Topic(s): HMAS Waterhen, Legacy

Personnel from HMAS Waterhen volunteer during Legacy Week to sell Legacy Badges in the North Sydney region. (photo: ABIS Tara Byrne)
Personnel from HMAS Waterhen volunteer during Legacy Week to sell Legacy Badges in the North Sydney region.

Members from HMAS Waterhen have set a new Sydney North Shore record for their efforts raising funds over Legacy Week.

During Legacy Week, Waterhen raised $49,498.65 for the appeal by collecting money through the sale of badges, pens and teddy bears to the community.

Collecting money for Legacy was more than just adding a helping hand for HMAS Waterhen. For many on the establishment, they have seen firsthand the benefits provided by Legacy to the families of incapacitated or deceased service personnel. Legacy assists with accommodation, emotional support and in some cases, financial assistance, which makes it an easy effort for the 80 or so officers and sailors who volunteered to get involved. 

“It is good to know that our families will be taken care of in the event something happens to us,” said Able Seaman Jacob Biddick.

“Legacy is an organisation that acknowledges Defence personnel’s contributions to our country and the sacrifices we make on a day to day basis.

“It is great that we can concentrate on our roles within the Royal Australian Navy knowing there is support for our loved ones if we are killed in service.”

Lieutenant Kit Low echoed that sentiment.

“It was surprising how many people approached our people during the four days saying either they or a member of their family were Legatees and were thankful for the assistance offered by Legacy during times of hardship.”

AB Sahara McLellan said “The generosity of people within the community to donate to this worthy cause is amazing.” 

“It was also great to promote Legacy and all the good they do for us”. 

Each year Legacy supports 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. 

Around 80 badge sellers from Waterhen concentrated on several well-chosen locations in the North Shore during Legacy Week. 

For Warrant Officer Tim Badger, the Command Warrant Officer at HMAS Waterhen, this was his third year at the helm. Over the past three years he has coordinated the event at Waterhen and raised nearly $134,000 for the charity. 

“It is, as always, great to get involved with the fundraising appeal and the money raised is indicative of the hard work of the personnel who collected it and the communities support for veterans and returned service men and women,” CWO Badger said.