Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of our most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces (at Gallipoli in 1915) during World War One. It has become the day on which Australians stand together to honour the sacrifice of all those who have fought and died for their country.


Legacy was set up in the aftermath of World War One, initially to provide business assistance to returned soldiers. As the movement gained momentum, its mission was widened to include caring for the children of deceased servicemen. It has continued to evolve its services since then to meet the particular demands of the times.

Today, we support the families of over 90,000 veterans. But this number continues to grow, with many Australian servicemen and women having returned from active service in the Middle East and on peacekeeping missions around the world.

For nearly a century Legacy has supported Australian Defence Force families in times of great need. To continue, we need your help.

This Anzac Day, please help us keep our promise to those who have served by raising money to support our work.

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What we do every year – some highlights:

* Take 450 children to holiday camps
* Provide 16,000 day trips for widows
* Provide 8,000 home maintenance visits
* Make 40,000 home visits and calls to elderly widows
* Help 1,200 families with financial relief payments
* Provide 350 children with education support
* Install 3,500 emergency medical alarms for the elderly
* Provide 600 physiotherapy treatments for the disabled and infirm
* Put in 654,000 volunteer hours to provide a 24/7 service


widows supported


children and disabled
dependants cared for


volunteers acting as
family mentors

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Bake, run or cycle – there are so many ways to show your support and raise vital funds for Legacy this Anzac Day 2018. Honour our fallen heroes and make your impact for their families – sign up TODAY!

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We provide services to Australian families suffering after the injury or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service.

We help with children's education

Legacy is committed to helping young families through bereavement and giving them new opportunities in life. We do this by: providing relief for financial hardship; advocating for entitlements; and assisting with children’s education and development.

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We protect defence force families

Defence, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations are inherently dangerous. Australia’s sailors, soldiers and airmen and women know that in the event of their death, Legacy will be there to provide safety, care and support for their families.

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We look after the disabled

Legacy cares for the dependents of servicemen or women who are disabled, whether intellectual, neurological, or psychological or physical. We link people with special facilities to help improve quality of life and provide support for carers.

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We protect elderly widows

Through our programs to support the ageing, we provide comfort and security to the lonely and vulnerable. While some widows require little more than advice, others need more extensive assistance – for example, combating social isolation and providing medical care.

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