Keep the promise alive with Legacy
It only takes a moment to reach out to the local families of fallen soldiers. It only takes a moment to donate to Legacy or buy a badge during Legacy Week so we can be there for them.
Legacy is dedicated to providing compassionate and caring support for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans living on the Sunshine Coast.
Legacy cares for hundreds of local war widows and families who’ve lost a loved one who has served their country.
We also support those who are still here, bearing the emotional and physical scars.
We help children who have lost a parent to thrive and live happy, healthy lives.
We assist the families of our fallen heroes make ends meet.
We are there for widows in their toughest hour and, as the years pass, make sure they aren’t lonely or isolated.
We do more for those who have sacrificed everything.
Our support extends to the families of veterans from all conflicts since World War I to today’s current serving Australian Defence Force members.
We need many more Legatees on the Sunshine Coast and we want you to join us.
We also need funds so we can keep doing our vital work, supporting Sunshine Coast widows, children and families.
Help Legacy support Sunshine Coast families. Donate now or buy a badge during Legacy Week.
Listen to Barbara’s Story here:
Barbara’s late husband joined the army when he was just 15 years old. He was only 41 when he died in a car accident on the way to work. She was left a widow at 35, with young children to care for. Legacy helped support her and her children.
Barbara is Treasurer of the Maroochydore Laurel Club (widow’s club) and active in widow welfare. She has given long service on the club’s executive, having been President and Secretary in the past also.
She is very passionate about Legacy and the role it plays in keeping war widows like herself connected and supported during their older years.
Listen to Sarah’s Story here:
Aaron was in the Army based in Townsville in the Lavarack Barracks. He served in East Timor and Iraq.
He returned from service in 2007 and retired from the Army in 2009. He has suffered Post Traumatic Stress since he returned, and started seeking help in about 2014.
The family got in touch with Legacy in 2015. Legacy have assisted the family by providing referrals to other agencies, financial support, gifts for the children at Christmas, and help with finding child care when Aaron was admitted to hospital, and other practical support to assist the family during a difficult time.
Listen to Beckie’s Story here:
The MacKinney family’s story is a gut-wrenching tale that illustrates the type of modern families that Legacy supports, and the ways in which Legacy supports them.
Lance Corporal Jared MacKinney was tragically killed in 2010 – two weeks before Legacy Week. He had served in the army almost eight years when he was tragically shot and killed in active service.
Jared left behind his much-loved daughter Annabell, wife Beckie, and unborn child, Noah. Beckie was eight and half months pregnant with Noah when she received the news of Jared’s death. She went into labour on the day of his funeral.
Legacy has provided financial and emotional support to Beckie and her children for the past six years.
Listen to Hannah’s Story here:
Hannah’s father, Warren Clarke, served in the Army. He served in Vietnam. Hannah’s father died in 2009.
Legacy has played a role in her life by helping supporting the family financially, but has truly supported Hannah’s growth and giving her mother support through social interaction with other widows who have been through similar experiences.
In 2005, Hannah was chosen to attend the Anzac Day ceremony in Canberra with the Florence Foundation. Her experience gave her the opportunity to heal and have a newfound appreciation for what her father did.
Hannah has been assisted by legacy through its youth program including youth development camps, education assistance, family weekends and general family support.
Her mum, Karen, has gone on to do a PHD and help people with Post Traumatic Stress. The family lives on the Sunshine Coast but has been heavily supported by Legacy Brisbane because she wanted to interact with a group of younger mum’s and kids. Karen is a member of the Tall Poppies group (formerly, the Young Widows Club).
Listen to Terry’s Story here:
WHAT DOES BEING A LEGATEE INVOLVE?
As a Legatee, you will be assigned to your own Legacy widows and families to enable them to access the support they require.
Personal contact with individual widows and families is the hallmark of Legacy and is how we provide caring, compassionate and responsive support. In fact, personal contact is what makes Legacy care special, and gives the work of Legacy its unique character. As a Legatee, you will help Legacy deliver hands-on practical support including providing referrals to programs. services and information about financial assistance, social inclusion and youth well being.
In many circumstances Legatees also fulfil a special role as a mentor for Junior Legatees.
ARE THERE ANY REQUIREMENTS FOR BECOMING A LEGATEE?
You don’t need to have any particular skills or competencies to become a Legatee. We will provide you with all the information and training you need to carry out your role.
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