Mr ENTSCH: Last Monday I attended the launch of Legacy Week in an event that was a first, in taking place at the HMAS Cairns base. It was a great opportunity to engage with the defence community and come together and celebrate Legacy Week. We all know that Legacy does some great work supporting veterans and their families, and I’d encourage all members to consider supporting Legacy if they haven’t already. We have a whole new generation of veterans coming through now, and it’s critical that important organisations like Legacy receive our support. Get out there and buy a Legacy badge or pen or one of their signature teddy bears.
I’d like to thank and reference all of those who made this event possible: from FNQ Legacy, Executive Officer Rebecca Milliner, Wellbeing Officer Simone Keats and other Legacy Legatees and beneficiaries in attendance; Cairns RSL sub-branch members, board director Craig Maher, executive officer Mal McCullough, events and marketing coordinator Lucy Cahill and youth development coordinator Michelle Hegan; Cairns Defence Community Support Group Chairperson Joanna Minuzzo and Coordinator Belinda Nosworthy; War Widows Association chair Lyn Bennett; and the North Queensland Defence Member and Family Support area manager Rachel Baker.
In particular, I’d like to make special reference to Commander Alfonso Santos and his entire team at HMAS Cairns, who made the event possible.