As Legacy Personality of the Year in 1996 and ’97, Daryl Somers joined a cavalcade of celebrities previously invited to be the face of the organisation.
The triple Gold Logie award winner proved to be an exceptional ambassador, genuinely engaging in a series of promotional events with a big heart and even bigger sense of humour.
Along with compering the aptly named gala function, ’A Night To Remember’, Daryl participated in a number of lunches, a car raffle, and a parachute jump with Ron Barassi, who was also a Junior Legatee following the war-time death of his father, Ron Barassi Senior at Tobruk.
Following the lead of extraordinary army surgeon, ‘Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop”, numerous other celebrities promoted the work of Legacy. These included author, critic and broadcaster, Clive James, author, historian and servicewoman, Patsy Adam Smith, former ALF stars and fellow recipients of Legacy support, Chris and Brad Scott, and Australian music legends, the Emmanuel brothers
The ‘Hey Hey Buy A Badge’ marketing flyer, referencing Daryl’s highly successful and long running comedy-variety show ‘Hey Hey It’s Saturday’, was produced to advertise Legacy’s annual Badge Week.
This annual campaign, begun in 1942 and run in September, was initially chosen to coincide with Father’s Day, an anniversary keenly felt by junior Legatees that also resonated with empathetic and supportive donors.
Each Legacy Personality of The Year, selfless with their time and generous of spirit, helped to raise both funds and awareness, creating a tangible difference to the lives of our veterans families.