Morning Tea in support of Legacy Torch Society
Legacy Brisbane President, Mr Paul Power; Chief Executive Officer, Mr Brendan Cox; Legacy Executive and staff; Youth Leaders; Legatees; supporters; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen.
I begin by acknowledging the original custodians of the lands around Brisbane, the Turrbal and Jagera people, and extend respectful greetings to Elders, past, present and emerging.
As Patrons, Graeme and I take great pleasure in welcoming Legacy to Government House today, and we are especially pleased to greet the newest members of the Legacy Torch Society.
You are all truly altruistic and compassionate people who are inspired and united by the vision of Legacy, which was built on a simple and enduring promise made by a soldier to his dying mate in the trenches of the Western Front during World War I — to “look after the missus and the kids”.
Creating trust and helping those in need takes patience and resolve, but of course, it also requires financial support, and ever since 1942, the Legacy Week Appeal has raised funds to help Legacy deliver the help our veterans’ families need.
Tonight, Government House will light-up in Red, White and Blue to honour this annual giving event, and acknowledge the generosity of the Queensland community.
I am immensely proud, as the 27th Governor, to be following in the footsteps of the many previous Governors who have supported Legacy, including the distinguished Sir John Lavarack, who developed a strong connection with the organisation.
As a veteran of both World Wars, Sir John understood that for returning soldiers, reconciling the memories of battle with a new life at home could be a great struggle, and he often took time to seek out soldiers who had served in Units he commanded.
For nearly a century, Legatees —like Sir John — and the kindhearted people I see before me today, have also reached out to the families of those who have given their lives or health to serve our country.
Today, however, is about commending the Legacy Torch Society, whose members make a life-long commitment to The Promise by pledging a personal bequest.
To the newest Torch Society members — we thank you so very much — for demonstrating such generosity with a gift that will help this highly respected organisation continue to fulfil its worthy cause.
Your benevolent contributions provide the partners, children and dependents of veterans with ongoing stability and guidance, assisting them to reach their potential, and strive for the hopeful and happy lives they so rightly deserve.
On behalf of the organisation, Graeme and I extend our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you for your generous philanthropy, loyalty to Legacy and commitment to the community you serve.
We look forward to hearing more about the families you support as we come together to enjoy a wonderful Government House morning tea.