To mark Anzac day, Transurban Queensland was delighted to announce a $100,000 commitment to support the 2018 Legacy Australia Youth Development Program.
The program provides Legacy Youth with an experiential learning environment to develop their personal and leadership skills and promote personal growth and self-discipline in a supported and challenging environment.
On Tuesday 24 April, Legacy and Transurban announced the official Youth Ambassador for 2018, Shaira Keys, and inducted and trained 14 young Australians as its 2018 Youth Leaders to prepare them to guide the next generation. Youth Leaders attended a retreat to engage in the fundamentals of leadership, hear from inspirational speakers, and learn skills to help them empower and inspire other Legacy kids and young people.
Transurban Queensland Group Executive Sue Johnson said Transurban Queensland was proud to support the 2018 Youth Development Program as part of its commitment to donate 1c from every toll on Legacy Way to Legacy Australia.
“In partnership with the Brisbane City Council, Transurban Queensland is proud to have made a long term commitment to support Legacy families by donating 1c from every toll from the Legacy Way tunnel to Legacy, a minimum of $100,000 each year,” Mrs Johnson said.
“This year we’re delighted to be partnering with Legacy to deliver the Youth Development Program and help make a real difference to the lives of Legacy youth, helping them develop strong leadership skills and overcome personal, career and education challenges.
“At Transurban our vision is to strengthen communities through transport, so we’re very proud that through this partnership we can help make a positive difference to the lives of Legacy families in the communities along our network.”
Legacy Brisbane CEO Brendan Cox, an ex-serviceman who has served on two tours to Afghanistan, explained that while ANZAC Day is important to all Australians, it had special significance to the families of soldiers who didn’t make it home or returned bearing the scars of war.
“ANZAC Day is a reminder of just how much these families have given up for our nation, and a day to remember their loved ones who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” Mr Cox said.
“Legacy’s vision, as part of its promise, is to ensure no financial nor social disadvantage to the families of our nation’s fallen and incapacitated veterans.
“Since 1923, Legacy has been delivering upon this promise through activities such as the Legacy Brisbane Youth Leadership Program, but this is only possible through the generosity of our corporate partners, like Transurban. “
Legacy provides services to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the death of a spouse or parent during or after their defence force service. The organisation currently cares for over 90,000 widows and 1900 children and dependence throughout Australia.