Legacy hosts 10-day camp

Chloe FraserBusselton Dunsborough Times

Junior wards and legatees from across Australia visited Busselton last week as part of Legacy WA’s annual 10-day adventure camp dedicated to supporting children of deceased veterans.

While primarily used as a facility for widows, each year the Busselton Legacy holiday camp transforms into a children’s camp, this year hosting about seven New Zealand legacy wards and more than 70 other Australian children of the fallen. The camp run by legatees and members of the Special Air Service Regiment is open to children aged five to 18.

Camp chairman John Murphy, who has attended about eight legacy camps, said camp-goers were immersed with like-minded peers and often made lifelong friends.

Former camper Kirsty Morrison told the Times she attend her first Legacy camp at just five years old, visiting every year until she was 18.

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The 21-year-old returned to Busselton this year as a camp leader.

“The camp did so much for me when I was a kid, I wanted to give back and help others have a great experience,” she said.

“It’s your second family here — you have that connection forever.”

About 140 widows are expected to attend Legacy’s annual widows picnic at the camp site on Sunday, March 12.

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