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Legatees Georgia Rosemond and Wal Farquhar with Georgia Hayward (centre)

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Georgia’s legacy

Landsborough teenager Georgia Hayward overcomes adversity to be honoured with a prestigious award.

A Landsborough teenager who has overcome more adversity than many her age is being recognised with a prestigious award from an organisation that has helped through some of her toughest days.

Georgia Hayward is a youth member of Legacy Sunshine Coast after becoming an orphan at age 11.

Losing both her father, who was an Australian Defence Force veteran and mother to cancer in 2013 and 2017 respectively, Georgia now lives with her grandmother.

Legacy has been integral in assisting the Beerwah State High School student who is now being awarded with the 2022 Ted Smout Youth Medal.

The medal is in honour of Sergeant Edward David (Ted) Smout who was Queensland’s last surviving World War One veteran.

The award announcement coincides with Legacy Week, which takes place from August 27 to September 4.

This is a key fundraising campaign to ensure the organisation can continue to help families of deceased Australian Defence Force veterans.

Legacy Brisbane president Paul Power is congratulating Georgia after visiting the region to present her with the award.

“Ted lived to the age of 106 and he’s famous for his generosity and commitment to Legacy values,” Mr Power says.

“This Ted Smout Youth Medal was gifted from his estate to recognise those Legacy youth who have achieved against the odds to display excellent performance and resolution during the year.”

Sunshine Coast Legatee Wal Farquhar has helped support Georgia for nearly 12 months and says she is settling into life with her grandmother.

“Georgia has made a good start having owned her own horse, has her own dog and she possesses a genuine interest in animals,” Mr Farquhar says.

“Additionally, she has participated in Legacy camps and commemorative events and I know she may have much to offer as a prospective future Legatee”.

As well as school, Georgia is studying veterinary nursing at Nambour TAFE, hoping to pursue this career into the future.

About Legacy Week

Sunshine Coast Legacy Group is based in Maroochydore and includes more than 40 Legatee volunteers who oversee the needs of more than 800 local Legacy dependents, including widows, partners, families, and disabled dependents of veterans who have died in the service of their country. During Legacy Week, Legatees will be in shopping centres from Caloundra to Noosa selling Legacy badges, bears and other merchandise to raise funds and awareness of the organisation. On the Tuesday and Thursday of Legacy Week, uniformed Australian Defence Force members will join Legatees to help with the fundraising. Last year around $50,000 was raised from the Sunshine Coast community.

For more visit legacy.com.au.

Arthur’s ride for good

Maroochydore veteran Arthur Reeves is preparing to take on a 2100-kilometre challenge to raise money for Legacy. The 77-year-old will be part of a team of veterans riding 50cc mopeds from the Royal Australian Air Force base in Amberley to the base in Townsville for the Scootaville 2022 challenge. “It will be a challenge but I’m fairly active and I am keen to see if I can do it,” he says. Mr Reeves was an infantry soldier in the Vietnam War where he served in the fifth Royal Australian Regiment during its first tour in 1966-67. He continues to give back to his community as a volunteer, visiting fellow veterans and driving the bus for the Bolton Clarke Tantula Rise community. Mr Reeves will begin the 14-day journey on September 3.

To donate visit scootaville2022.gofundraise.com.au.

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