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Army September 27, 2012
IN TOWNS and cities across
Australia, the first week of
September was spent high-
lighting the role Legacy
played in "keeping the promise".
Legacy Week emphasised
the need for every member of
the ADF to know their families
would be supported should they
lose their life or health while
serving their country.
bers of the ADF
and Legatees sold
badges on Badge
7, and throughout
Sydney from 6
Avn Regt Spt Sqn
were assigned the
area near the Sydney Town Hall
and smashed the previous fund-
raising record, with one team of
two soldiers raising $1800 in the
first three hours.
Legacy is confident it will
reach the target of $5.5m with
the final tally, as online dona-
tions increased by 100 per cent.
The value of donations were up
300 per cent and the total num-
ber of volunteer registrations was
up by 400 per cent.
During the launch of Legacy
Week in Sydney on September
3, Dannielle Kitchen, whose
fiancé Cpl Richard Atkinson was
killed in action in Afghanistan
on February 2, 2011, spoke on
behalf of veterans' widows.
Ms Kitchen said the Legacy
organisation was like her extend-
"I can confide in them about
issues I don't want to stress my
family members about," she said.
"The support I receive from
Legacy is mainly emotional, but
they are there for me and have
helped me with career counsel-
ling so I can get myself on track
for my future.
"Legacy understands things
which my family doesn't, such
the lingo and mili-
make me feel wel-
come and when-
ever I wish to
come forward and
speak on behalf of
war widows they
help make the
process as com-
forting for me as possible."
CDF Gen David Hurley
opened the Sydney ceremony
and said Legacy had been an
unwavering source of support to
the Defence community for 89
"The ADF demands a great
deal from the men and women
who serve our nation and it's
reassuring to know Legacy will
be there whenever help is need-
ed," he said.
"That ongoing assistance
would not be possible without
the dedicated Legatees who give
up their time or the generosity
of thousands of Australians who
donate to Legacy each year.
"We are in their debt."
To support Legacy or for more informa-
tion go to http://www.legacy.com.au/
Record week for Legacy
Legacy Week badge collectors found the
public was especially generous this year,
Cpl Mark Doran reports.
-- Dannielle Kitchen
GREAT SUPPORT ON STREETS OF ADELAIDE
Capt Stephen Turner
MEMBERS from each of 9 Bde's units covered
a fair slice of ground around Adelaide, from
Tea Tree Plaza in the north, Rundle Mall and
the railway station in the city, the showgrounds,
and south to Marion shopping centre. In all, the
brigade was able to send out 50 soldiers.
On duty at the end of the mall were LCpl
Deak Stromer, pictured here on the right,
and Cpl John Teague, both from 9 Bde HQ at
Keswick Barracks, who were pleased by the
positive reactions from the public.
"They've been very generous indeed. A lot of
people are walking by, putting in donations, and
not even wanting to take a badge or a pen. Some
people are putting in fifty dollar bills and walking
away," Cpl Teague said.
Honouring the fallen: Dannielle Kitchen,
fiancé of Cpl Richard Atkinson, speaks
about Legacy in Martin Place, Sydney.
Inset top, ADF representatives lay wreaths.
Inset bottom, a bugler sounds the Reveille.
Photos by AB Sarah Williams
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