Mornington Peninsula Legacy Club Inc.
Legacy is a uniquely Australian not for profit organisation dedicated to the welfare of families after the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service.
Legacy had its origins in the battlefields of WW1. Lieutenant General Stanley Savige formed the first Legacy Club in Melbourne in 1923 after his return from service on the battlefields of Gallipoli, France and Flanders.
From the outset Legacy was involved with young widows and young children. Nationally Legacy cares for around 80,000 widows/widowers of defense personnel who died on operations or subsequently. Legacy also cares for about 1500 children and dependants, many with a disability. The average age of our widows is now over 80 years.
Legacy has practical and innovative programs aimed at protecting the basic needs of individuals and families, advocating for the entitlements, rights and benefits of individuals and families, assisting families to cope with bereavement, helping people thrive, despite their adversity and loss.
Today there are 49 Legacy clubs from Edithvale to Portsea, with the most recently formed Mornington Peninsula Legacy Club (MPLC) in 1995, caring for over 1200 widows and 20 other dependants.
The delivery of Legacy benefits and services has traditionally been carried out by volunteers. These volunteers are called Legatees.
The role of a Legatee is to assist the people who Legacy supports to live full and healthy lives, actively contribute to the effective running of the organisation by participating in Club activities or committees, taking part in “comradeship’ with other Legatees, represent Legacy publicly and assist in fundraising during ‘Badge Week’.
Originally restricted to veterans, membership has been extended to anyone who believes that the families of those who died or gave their health deserve a special place in our society.
We are about to commence our major fundraising activity, ‘Legacy Badge Week’, which will run from 1 to 9 September.
Volunteers will be selling throughout the Peninsula and we urge everyone to buy a badge or donate during the week.
In addition to our efforts to recruit more Legatees we are additionally seeking volunteers to help during the week with the sale of badges. Funds raised will allow us to continue supporting those in our care.
For information about becoming a Legatee please contact the Mornington Peninsula Legacy Club
For all volunteering enquiries please contact the Impact Volunteering Information and Referral Desk T: 9770 6492 E: firstname.lastname@example.org