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A legacy worth continuing

Aussie veterans and their families benefit from a charity that began 100 years ago.

Every year, a special week is dedicated to showing support for Australian veterans and their families. The Legacy Week appeal has been running since the 1940s and this year runs from August 26 to September 3.

Organised by Legacy, which is marking 100 years in 2023, the campaign ensures that the organisation can continue its work in caring for the families of Australian Defence Force men and women who have lost their lives or their health as a result of their service.

Also known as Badge Week, Legacy volunteers will be out and about across the Sunshine Coast selling badges and merchandise that help raise funds for the charity.

It’s an extra-special milestone for local Legatee Allan Quartermaine who will celebrate his 100th birthday, also in September.

His remarkable life featured employment in the Commonwealth Bank, including senior management appointments.

He had a break to take up active service in the Royal Australian Navy during World War II.

He has also been recognised with the Order of Australia Medal (OAM).

When Mr Quartermaine retired from the bank in 1986, he chose to live on the Sunshine Coast, where he began volunteering with the local branch of Legacy.

Within Sunshine Coast Legacy, he served as secretary and chairman, plus had an extended term as a trustee of Brisbane Legacy.

He has trained, mentored and shared his experience with hundreds of fellow Legatees and associates, including the Legacy widows.

Helping launch this year’s Legacy Week, Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson says it is an important time for the community to play its part in supporting what Legacy does.

“Sunshine Coast Legacy has around 40 volunteers who support nearly 700 Legacy clients locally, including children and people with a disability,” Mayor Jamieson says.

“Often, the beneficiaries need assistance to access war pensions, counselling, housing, medical and social support.

“Legacy relies solely on donations from the general public and supporters in the corporate and community sector.

“Last year, through the generosity of the Sunshine Coast community, around $35,000 was raised during Legacy Week – it would be fantastic to match or even better that target, this year.

“The few dollars you spend symbolises a promise to uphold our nation’s utmost values of mateship, compassion, and fairness.”

Legacy volunteers will be stationed at shopping centres, markets and RSL clubs throughout the week.

For more information about Legacy Week 2023, visit legacy.com.au.

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