From the Chair: December 2019

2019 has been an extremely busy year for all of us at Police Legacy. Sadly we have had too many new families join us after their partners or parents died – some suddenly, and some after long illnesses. Police Legacy always extends a warm hand in support, and we have been engaging with families sooner to ensure we can offer support when it is most needed.

We have been very active in our fundraising during the year and we are fortunate to have the support of some very special individuals who have self-initiated events to support Police Legacy. A great example of this is Superintendent Shane Cribb and his team at Manning Great Lakes Police District who have created the Legacy Walk at the new Taree Police Station.

During 2019 we have seen many staff changes and in more recent months Karen Murphy has left the team to take up a position with the Girl Guides. We wish Karen and all our other team members who have taken up new challenges in 2019 the best luck in their careers.

In November I attended the Macarthur Area Ladies’ Luncheon – a great day with many lovely ladies. It is always good to hear the stories and realise how much Police Legacy supports people through their lives. Not only does our former chair Phil Holder play a big role in supporting this lunch, but in recent times Phil and Bob Waites have both been involved in supporting one of our legatee families in regional NSW. The support Phil and Bob have provided to this family is fantastic and their hard work is much appreciated.

Our 2019 Legatee Christmas Luncheon was held on 22 November where we had a mass of buses large and small converge on Doltone House at Pyrmont, conveying our legatees from various metropolitan and country locations and allowing them all to come together to celebrate another year and remember their partners who are no longer with us. It was another great luncheon.

I would like to acknowledge the hard work of our team at Police Legacy during 2019. They do an exceptional job and are always so willing to assist, whether attending out-of-hours fundraising events or ensuring our legatees are always looked after. Our team is well supported by our Board members and I would also like to acknowledge their commitment –performing their roles on a voluntary basis, and giving up many hours of their own time.

Planning is well underway for the April Kokoda Trek where we have had a record number of applications from our legatees and serving police. This highlights how the trek is regarded as a great team building and development opportunity.

With Christmas upon us it is a time where we miss our loved ones who have died and it is important we grieve for them, but it is also important – no matter how hard – to remember the good times and memorable moments. If you need support please make sure you reach out and ask for help.

On behalf of the Board and staff at Police Legacy I wish you and your families all a Merry Christmas and good fortune for the year 2020.