Thursday, August 31, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Legacy Whitsundays badge stand has been a staple in the local Whitsunday shopping centres for years, raising funds for local Legacy projects and programs.
However, in a turn of events, the Whitsunday Plaza has extended a fee to the group, charging them for their space.
In frustration, one local Legacy member, turned to Facebook, explaining that the Whitsunday Plaza, has previously hosted the Legacy group at no charge, allowing the group to use their site to sell Legacy badges and other memorabilia for the charity.
In 2022, the group were able to sell their badges with no fee, however this year, the centre’s new owners have moved to charge the group $600.
“This means more than half the money I would make would go to them,” explained the Facebook post.
“It is true some larger city Legacies have some paid staff, but not Mackay Legacy Inc.
“All monies raised in the Mackay and Proserpine Districts is spent in these areas.”
Fortunately, a helpful reprieve came in the form of another local, Jeff Aquilina, owner of at Hotel Group, who offered to front the fee, so that Legacy can continue with their plans.
Jeff came across the Facebook post and sympathised with the cause.
“I am not looking for too much fuss,” said Jeff.
“When I heard Legacy had to pay for the space, I felt this was very unfair given the marvellous work they do.”
Legacy Australia is an Australian not-for-profit organisation who supports families of ex-servicepeople who have lost their life or health in conflicts.