Leaving a strong Legacy for veterans' families
More than 400 people packed Townsville Airport’s NAACEX hangar yesterday to listen to former Australian Defence Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d).
The annual Leadership and Culture Business Breakfast is a key fundraiser for Townsville Legacy, which supports approximately 700 dependents of deceased and incapacitated veterans of the region.
Sir Angus, who has served the nation in leadership roles including the coordination of the national response to the MH370 and MH17 disasters, was joined by Brigadier Scott Winter, Commander of the 3rd Brigade Townsville, as well as a plethora of Townsville’s business and community leaders.
Townsville Airport Chief Executive Officer Kevin Gill said he was proud to join with Townsville Legacy and fellow event sponsors CUBIC Defence Australia, AECOM, NAB and Virgin Australia to support the important event – the charity’s main fundraiser of the year.
“It is important to join together as the community looks to rebuild in the wake of the devastating flood last month,” he said.
“We are privileged to have Sir Angus here, someone who has led from the front across a stellar career both in the Defence Force and in the broader community.”
Townsville Legacy President Mick Reilly said it was important to remember those who Legacy supports.
“We remember those who have given everything to the service of their country,” he said.
“The least we can do is honour them by supporting their families and loved ones particularly when times get tough. Your support will go a long way towards helping those suffering financial hardship,disadvantage and social isolation.”
Funds raised from the event will go towards projects including education scholarships, events to address social isolation and more.
Townsville Airport announced a formal partnership with Townsville Legacy in November last year, as part of an ongoing commitment to the community.