MELBOURNE LEGACY PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Today, Melbourne Legacy assistance is available to some 24,000 widows and approximately 450 children and Disabled Dependants.
Legacy provides a broad range of assistance and advice including:
Local suburban Widows' Clubs providing social activities and member's support.
Assistance with applications for pension entitlements.
Assistance with the upbringing and education of children.
Annual holiday camps for dependants.
Financial assistance in necessitous cases.
Help with welfare matters.
Help with legal issues.
The Shrine of Remembrance
The Legacy Olive Tree has been relocated to take up a prime position at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne. A giant 300-tonne crane began its delicate task of uplifting the historical tree on 18th November 2002.
The Legacy Olive Tree was initially planted on 7th October 1973 to mark 50 years of Legacy's service. In his address, the President at the time said "It is fitting that the planting should be done by the man who first directed Legacy's field of Service in peace towards the widows and children of departed comrades. It is also fitting that this tree should be planted alongside this Shrine, the origins of which he had so much to do with, including the Eye of Light which records each year, the hour, the day and the month of which peace brought an end of World War 1. I call upon Legatee Frank Doolan to formally plant this tree". Legatee Doolan was the architect involved in the design of the Ray of Light and also was responsible for giving Legacy it vision of caring for the widows or deceased veterans.
LEGACY WEEK BADGE APPEAL
Each year Legacy makes one major appeal to the public for financial support - during the Legacy Week Badge Appeal. In 2003 the Appeal will run from Sunday 31st August until Saturday 6th September.
The proceeds that Legacy receives will be directed to the essential role Legacy plays in the community through the provision of services ranging from general welfare, counselling to practical assistance to those in necessitous circumstances.
Legacy receives no regular financial support from Government but relies on donations, bequests and the proceeds from the annual Badge Day Appeal.
Not surprisingly, the income from the annual Legacy Badge Day Appeal is very much dependant on the number of people selling badges. Age and ill health have drastically reduced the ranks of Legacy's voluntary members who have helped over the years.
New volunteer collectors are urgently required during Legacy Week 2003 to help with the sale of Legacy badges. If you can help for an hour or two please contact Melbourne Legacy on 9663 3564.
Badges can also be purchased from all Coles Supermarkets throughout Victoria during Legacy Week.
For all general enquiries call 1800 LEGACY (534 229)
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