Legacy Week a success despite lockdowns

Legacy commemorated one of the most important events on its calendar – Legacy Week from 30 August – 5 September. For the second year in a row, lockdowns affected Clubs in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT. So we moved this major revenue stream completely online to keep local communities safe.

In a welcome change, Clubs in Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia were able to fundraise normally in the streets with assistance from Australian Defence Force personnel.

Legacy Australia Chairman, Legatee Rick Cranna said that although the cancellations in some states were unfortunate, he was extremely pleased with all Legacy Clubs and their ability to evolve and continue their services despite event cancellations and lockdowns.

‘It makes me proud as Chairman to reflect on the dedication of Legatees and volunteers,’ he says. ‘Without their commitment and adaptability, Legacy’s work would simply not continue.’

For families like Heidi’s, Legacy Week allows time to reflect on how much Legacy has helped her 4 boys. Heidi is a Navy veteran and single mum to Finn (12), Will (9), Hendrix (5) and Quade (4) – with her oldest two boys on the autism spectrum.

Legacy has helped Heidi and her boys by assisting with bills, school fees and uniforms and even speech therapy lessons for Finn and Will. Legacy has also been able to provide the kids with a trampoline and specialised bikes so they can relax and have fun as a family. As a bonus, Heidi’s family has also found friendship and support with the Legacy volunteers and Legatees they interact with.

‘When I see the Legacy Badge now, I get emotional about it,’ Heidi says. ‘Even the boys know what Legacy has done for us … Legacy has brought us happiness as a family.’

To find out more about Legacy, or volunteering opportunities in your community, visit the Legacy website

Older gentleman smiling at camera with Legacy collection paraphernalia
Two Navy officers smiling at camera with Legacy collection paraphernalia
Older woman smiling at camera in front of table covered in Legacy gear

Hobart Legacy fundraising in the streets, Legacy Week 2021