Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Centenarian and Order of Australia Medal recipient, Allan Quartermaine, has encouraged the community to get behind the 81st annual Legacy Week, happening from August 27 to September 2.
As 2023 commemorates a century of Legacy Australia, the former Legacy Mackay President remains a beacon of unwavering support for Legacy Week, an enduring national initiative established in 1942.
The week-long event galvanizes vital funds to underpin Legacy’s mission: caring for the families of Australia’s dedicated service personnel.
Rooted in a promise forged among diggers during WWI to protect and support one another's families, Legacy and its dedicated volunteers, known as Legatees, have upheld this vow for generations.
A living embodiment that age is merely a number, Mr Quartermaine is a staunch advocate for the cause, rallying the community to contribute to Legacy Week's impact.
Over six decades, he has tirelessly championed Legacy's cause, leaving an indelible mark on roles such as Secretary and Chairman of Legacy Sunshine Coast, Trustee of Legacy Brisbane, and President of Legacy Mackay.
Allan's commitment as the organization's longest-serving Legatee endures, as he lends his insights as a consultant to the present management committee.
Allan's journey of service began early, enlisting in the Royal Australian Navy at a tender age of 17.
His responsibilities encompassed perilous minesweeping duties in the Pacific during WW2 before, post-war, his focus pivoted towards community service.
Yet, it's his dedicated work with Legacy that he deems the pinnacle of his contributions.
Legatees and volunteers will be selling badges and other memorabilia at stalls across Caneland Central, Parkside Plaza, Marian, Proserpine and Sarina from August 27 to September 2.
Centenarian, Order of Australia Medal recipient and former Legacy Mackay President Allan Quartermaine. Photo supplied