Defence Force School of Signals – Maritime Communication and Information Systems Wing students have rolled up their sleeves to help Victorian veterans with their gardening and yard duties.

After a call to Australian veterans’ charity Legacy, 20 intermediate course students based at HMAS Cerberus, volunteered to help tidy gardens across Frankston, Mornington, Chelsea Heights and Patterson Lakes in Melbourne.

They mowed lawns, helped with weeding and pruning and conducted general cleaning.

Leading Seaman Danniel Martin said it was great to meet and help veterans who were unable to tend to their gardens because of disability or age.

“After such an isolating year for many people in the community, especially for our veterans, and with our course slightly delayed due to COVID-19, what better way for us to use this time than by getting out there and providing manual assistance to those who have sacrificed and given so much in the past,” Leading Seaman Martin said. 

“It was definitely a fulfilling and enjoyable day and something I look forward to doing more often in the future.”

Liz Barr, a widow connected with the Mornington branch of Legacy, said she the help was greatly appreciated.

“At my age it can be quite difficult to keep up with the gardening and the general upkeep of my front and backyard, so it was a pleasant surprise when these sailors turned up and offered their assistance, I was so grateful for all they did for me,” Mrs Barr said.

“They spent the entire day here and cleaned up my yard and it is lovely knowing there are still people out there that care.”

Legacy is a charity founded in 1923 and supports 48,000 veterans, partners and their children who have given their lives or health serving Australia.

For more information, or to donate to the work of Legacy, visit www.legacy.com.au