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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Torch Relay For Legacy Centenary

A torch relay that has made its way from Pozières, France, through London and around Australia came through Mackay last Wednesday, May 31 to mark 100 years of Legacy Australia.

23 locals, all with a connection to Legacy Australia, carried the torch throughout the town, ending in a service held at Jubilee Park.

“It shows the overall admiration that the public have for the veteran community who go out in uniform and carry out their duties for the nation and sometimes don’t come home,” said Vietnam War veteran and former Legacy Mackay President Keith Payne VC.

Legacy Mackay supports approximately 180 beneficiaries and is looking for volunteers.

“Mackay is an important element in the relay,” said Legacy Australia CEO Graham Boyd.

“What we’re finding is that veteran’s families need help in body, mind, spirit and social interaction, it’s not just money, so Legacy is always there to look after veteran families.”

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

23 locals relayed the Legacy torch throughout Mackay last Wednesday. Photos supplied

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