Lawyers dress down for Legacy
In the lead up to Anzac Day on 25 April, staff and partners at McCullough Robertson’s Brisbane office have dedicated its monthly dress down day and fundraising morning tea to Legacy Brisbane.
Legacy receives no government funding and relies on the support of the community to provide vital services to more than 70,000 families of Australian service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Speaking at the morning tea, 20 year old nursing and paramedic science student Brianna Anderson said Legacy stepped in to support her family when her father, an elite SAS soldier and police officer, was diagnosed with early onset dementia due to a military related concussion.
“I was six years old when Dad received his diagnosis, 11 years old when he was moved to a nursing home and 17 years old when he died,” said Ms Anderson.
“My childhood memories include helping Mum clean up after Dad left the taps running, feeding him lunch in the nursing home and helping him move around to keep his mobility for as long as possible. It was a tough time.”
Ms Anderson said Legacy helped with the costs of schooling for her and her sister and provided much needed respite through the Legacy kid’s camps she attended.
She is now giving back to the organisation that supported her family, attending camps, leadership retreats and charity balls as a Legacy Youth Leader.
This Anzac Day Ms Anderson will proudly wear her father’s medals in remembrance of his 25 years of service for Australia.
Also in attendance was Legacy Brisbane CEO Brendan Cox who served in the Army for 26 years and is a veteran of Afghanistan, East Timor and the former Yugoslavia. Mr Cox previously worked with McCullough Robertson as part of its workplace wellbeing program, sharing his insights around providing emotional support and understanding in the face of adversity.
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