9 – 15 September is Include a Charity Week.
VMCH Grants and Bequest Officer, Sandra Rosano, says the week is an opportunity to raise awareness about how people can make a difference to causes important to them through their Will.
“Including a charity in your Will means you are recognising what is important to you in your life time. It is your legacy for future generations.” Sandra said.
Overall only 7.5% of Australians include a charity in their Will, but 61% of Australians gave to a charity at least once over the last 12 months.
“We are a generous nation, but many of us just don’t know about including a charity in our Will or about the impact that gifts in Wills have,” Sandra said.
Gifts in Wills have allowed VMCH to expand services for older people, children and adults with a disability, carers and people at risk of homelessness.
One of those generous supporters was Gordon James who passed away in August 2018, aged 99.
Gordon James was a life member of VMCH and his beloved wife Vera, who passed away about 16 years ago, was a volunteer.
Over the past 40 years, the James’ donated more than $200,000 to the organisation. Their generosity continues, with the couple leaving their estate to VMCH.
If you would like information about leaving a gift in your Will or the impact that gifts in Wills make at VMCH, Sandra would be happy to assist. Email: Sandra.Rosano@vmch.com.au