State Member for Buderim, Brent Mickelberg MP spoke in Parliament last night to celebrate the vital work of Legacy and to call upon fellow parliamentarians and Queenslanders to buy a badge this Legacy Week, September 2 to September 8.
Mr Mickelberg painted a moving and profound picture of Australia’s iconic welfare organisation during his speech. He said “The face of Legacy is a 14-month-old baby, a 109-year-old man and every kind of face in between”.
“Legacy is as relevant today as it was when it was established in 1923 and I am proud to say it is the only charity of its kind in the world.
“Legacy supports families suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent during or after their defence service. Across Australia, Legacy supports over 60,000 spouses and children, many of whom live in Queensland.
“Legacy Week is the annual national appeal to raise funds for the families of those who have served in war, peacekeeping or humanitarian missions, and who have given their lives or their health for their country.
“Legacy volunteers, many of whom are ex-service men and women, are known as Legatees, and they bring important education, counselling, housing and medical advocacy, and social support to the families of veterans in a way that is deeply personal and caring.
“During my service in the Army, the thing that concerned me more than anything was the thought of how my loved ones would be affected in the event that I was killed, or if I suffered from a serious injury. Like many other service personnel, I took great comfort in knowing that my loved ones would be supported by organisations like Legacy should the worst happen.
“This week Legatees will be seen at most major shopping centres throughout the Sunshine Coast region asking for support. I implore all Queenslanders to support those who have sacrificed so much, and wear a Legacy Badge with pride,” Mr Mickelberg said.