Vasse F45 opens doors for Legacy

Vasse's F45 Training Centre opened its doors to 75 young members of Legacy WA for a special training session on Thursday afternoon, January 9.

The Legacy charity, which operates nationwide, provides services to Australian families of deceased and incapacitated veterans.

In 2020, the service assists about 65,000 widows and 1,800 children, as well as dependants with a disability.

F45 trainers worked with young participants, completing a circuit of the company's signature fun, high-intensity group workout.

The charity is one particularly close to the heart of F45 Vasse head trainer Jason Ey, who is a mentor for the charity and a Royal Australian Navy veteran.

Mr Ey served as a Navy clearance diver for a decade, following in the footsteps of his family members until leaving the Navy in 2013.

In 2019, Mr Ey was nominated to become a Legatee for the charity, a mentor for both veterans and their families.

On March 16, Mr Ey, along with three fellow veterans, will embark on an 11-day endurance challenge spanning over 1,100 kilometres.

The trek across the Nullarbor Plain aims to raise much-needed funds for Legacy WA, while paying tribute to the perseverance displayed by Mr Ey's grandfather Reginald 'Mick' Ey.

In 1942, Mr Ey's grandfather was one of three Australian aircrew to narrowly escape death after their plane came down in enemy territory.

The trio were left stranded in the Libyan desert, with little food and water, but managed to salvage the plane's compass.

After walking more than 220 kilometres over 11 days, Reginald 'Mick' Ey, Pommy Mills and Johnny Hunt were rescued by a British Long Range Desert patrol.

The incident saw the three men inducted into the Late Arrivals Club, a group of Allied aircrew who crashed behind enemy lines during the Western Desert campaign.

Mr Ey said he hoped to raise $50,000 for the charity as part of the endurance challenge.

To donate, visit www.latearrivals.com.au/