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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

100 Years Of Legacy

When one digger made a promise to another in the trenches of World War I, they inspired a decade of inspirational assistance.

Legacy Australia has been supporting the families of veterans since 1923 and in commemoration of 100 years, the Legacy Centenary Torch Relay will reach Mackay on Wednesday, May 31 after beginning its journey in Pozières, France in April.

The torch will be carried on a 7.1km route through town by 23 local torch bearers, all with a personal connection to Legacy Australia, including Sarina resident Kevin Plumb.

Plumb served in Vietnam from April 1967 to February 1968 and, upon returning, got involved in the RSL Sarina Sub Branch before continuing his work in welfare for veterans and their dependents.

“They go hand in hand, Legacy and the military,” said Mr Plumb, who’s role involves assisting widows with their War Widow Pension along with general assistance.

“I’ve been doing it for the last 30 plus years; not only for Legacy, but I look after the veterans themselves.”

Mr Plumb said the work he does gives him great pride in himself, and he is honoured to be bearing the torch next week.

“I’m walking for not only the widows but also for any of the men and women who’ve lost their lives during conflict,” he said.

The relay will begin at Mackay Town Hall on Sydney Street at 10:00am and make its way around town, through the streets and past schools before finishing with a ceremony at Jubilee Park at 12:30pm.

“It’s going to be a momentous day; it’ll never happen again,” said Legacy Mackay President Les Palmer.

“For me, it’s all for the families and making sure they’re comfortable, they get care, they get visits; it’s all about looking after the families of returned servicemen.”

Established in 1947, Legacy Mackay currently supports 170 local families.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Mr Palmer on 0437 451 635 or visit the office at 94 Nebo Road on Mondays and Fridays.

Mackay Legacy President Les Palmer is one of 23 torch bearers in next week’s Legacy Centenary Torch Relay. Photo credit: Sam Gillespie

CEO of Legacy Australia Matthew Granger with another torch bearer welcoming the torch to Australia earlier in the month. Photo supplied

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