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The ADF is hitting the streets of Melbourne in support of Legacy Week

Legacy Week runs from 26 August to 6 September 2022

Melbourne Legacy has begun its 66th annual Legacy Week and Badge Day Fundraising Appeal and hopes for an enthusiastic community response following the lockdown interruptions of the past two years.

Melbourne Legacy is calling on local families and the community to join them for this 66th year of Legacy Week, a week traditionally created to show support for the widows and children whose loved ones have served our country.

COVID-19 restrictions prevented the iconic Legacy Week Badge Day being held for the past two years. This year, Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel are preparing to return to the CBD streets to collect donations for veterans’ families in need.

“We are so excited to return to in-person events this year, and celebrate Badge Day in person with our local community and Australian Defence Force. Badge Day is more than a day for donations – it’s a show of support and a day to give back to the families and veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.” - Jo Moloney, CEO Melbourne Legacy.

On Badge Day, Thursday 1 September from 7am to 10am, the CBD streets will be filled with ADF Members rattling tins, collecting donations, and selling merchandise. They will be joined by the Melbourne Legacy’s mascot teddy bears and volunteer Legatees. Badge Day is a symbolic opportunity for the Melbourne community to show their support to the families of those who have served, through #littlebadgebigimpact.

Additionally, Melbourne Legacy will be holding its second Teddy Bears’ Picnic following the success of its inaugural year in 2021. Partnering with local supplier Mary Eats Cake, the Picnic Hampers will be available for pre-order from 1 August for delivery between 22 August to 19 September. The campaign embraces the gift of giving back and encourages the public to purchase a picnic hamper and getting creative by sharing their Teddy Bear Picnic on social media.

Legacy Week is an annual fundraising appeal to fundraise for the families of veterans in need of support.

Badge Day and the Teddy Bears’ Picnic not only encourages community and connectivity across Melbourne, but all funds generated go toward supporting the families of veterans.

Melbourne Legacy is a charity uniquely supporting the families of veterans. Donations support veterans’ families in all areas of life including community engagement and programs, advocacy, counselling, financial assistance, and support for children’s education. To donate, visit


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