A gift in your Will is a gift for generations to come.
A bequest to Garvan is a meaningful way to make a lasting impact on the health and lives of future generations. By supporting Garvan you will be helping your own, and everyone’s family and friends. Now and in the future. By including a gift in your Will to Garvan you are joining a family of honoured supporters that we call ‘Partners for the Future’.
Becoming a Partner for the Future
It's easy to make a bequest to the Garvan Institute and become a Partner for the Future. You can either include the bequest when you write your Will or simply add one as a codicil to your existing Will.
It's also important to talk to your loved ones about your intentions and let them know that leaving a gift to medical research is important to you. This can help to ensure that your final wishes are carried out. You should seek professional advice from a legal adviser to ensure your wishes are recorded in a legally binding way. Download the brochure for more information.
There are a number of ways you can make a bequest to Garvan:
A residual gift which is a share or whole of your estate after providing for family and friends.
A percentage of the overall value of your estate which allows for growth or depreciation in the value of your estate.
A specified sum of cash. However, this does not allow for changes of circumstance or inflation.
A gift of real estate, stocks, bonds, shares, artwork, jewellery etc.
Meet Sid Lewis
Meet Sid Lewis: he’s always put others before himself. His desire to help is what led him to become one of Garvan’s Partners for the Future, in memory of his beloved wife Kit. When Kit was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, they were introduced to the Garvan Institute and were highly impressed by our work. Following Kit’s sad passing in 2015, Sid knew that leaving a bequest in his Will was an important way to honour his wife’s memory, and provide a future gift back to the land and people they love so much.
Sid and Kit met on a blind date and were married for over 65years. When Kit was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in her 50s, Sid was highly involved in her care, learning all that he could to ensure her condition was properly managed. During his research and Kit’s treatments they were introduced to the Garvan Institute, and were highly impressed by the breakthrough work led by our scientists.
Kit and Sid fought hard against her diabetes for many years, including during their travels around Australia. Sid said the importance of medical research for all our community stood out to us during these times visiting remote areas. “I think of the hard conditions the people in remote Australia live in, and then I look at the other side of the coin, and think about the research Garvan does, and the potential that medical research has in helping not only people living in cities, but our people in the outback as well.” Sid and Kit shared a deep love for each other and a love for our land and its people.
After the sad passing of Kit in 2015, “It’s a revelation what’s occurring in the world of medical research and Aussies have always been unique in wanting to help each other out,” says Sid.
“If other people are able to leave a bequest to Garvan as well, that legacy will continue on in a very meaningful way for so many people.”
Together we can help everyone enjoy a longer, healthier life
Bequests allow us to plan for the future. For every $1 we receive in Government research grants, we must find an additional 70 cents for our research to be achievable. So whether large, medium or small your gift in your Will to Garvan will strengthen the longevity and impact of our medical research – both now and for future generations.
Contact Donna Mason, Bequest Manager at Garvan if you would like information about leaving a gift in your Will to Garvan and becoming a Partner for the Future. Your enquiry and details will be treated in the strictest confidence and without any obligation.
Phone: (02) 9295 8559