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Legacy’s torch is still burning

MESSAGE: Legacy Australia chairman Rick Cranna, right, with, from left, Ararat president Robert Irvine, Wimmera president Neville Smith and former Second World War veteran Jack Bullen, 97, formerly of Nhill and now of Warrnambool.

MESSAGE: Legacy Australia chairman Rick Cranna, right, with, from left, Ararat president Robert Irvine, Wimmera president Neville Smith and former Second World War veteran Jack Bullen, 97, formerly of Nhill and now of Warrnambool.

The work of Legacy is far from complete despite falling war-widow numbers, Legacy Australia chairman Rick Cranna has told Victorian Legatees.
Wimmera Legacy president Neville Smith, of Horsham, and Ararat president Robert Irvine, of Halls Gap, were among guests at Warrnambool Legacy’s annual changeover dinner at Warrnambool Racecourse.
First World War ex-servicemen started Legacy in 1923 to help descendants of deceased servicemen.
Last year, Legacy spent $16.5-million across Australia on care for war widows and dependants.
“We need to ensure that as long as there are widows and children of veterans who gave their lives or their health in service, Legatees will serve them,” Mr Cranna told the packed dinner.
He said Legacy had cared for 100,000 widows nationwide in 2014, but that number had now fallen to 58,200 and 1100 children of dependants and 1075 disabled dependants.
“In 10 years widow numbers are expected to fall to 27,000,” he said.
“But our work in Legacy in looking after our dependants is far from done, especially with women living longer and the large number of deployments since the Gulf War and in Afghanistan.”
Mr Cranna said that in almost 100 years the purpose and integrity of Legacy had not wavered and Legatees continued to consider their task worthwhile.
He said Legacy’s four pillars remained: care and compassion, overcoming social isolation, provision of social support and advocacy, and pension assistance.
He also urged Legatees to educate young people about the work of Legacy to ensure the ‘torch of Legacy’ continued.
Australia has 4127 Legatees across 300 communities.

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Posted on May 15 2019

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