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.
Happy 104th Birthday Bill Walker!
Bill Walker is a passionate Garvan Partner for the Future and he appreciates that people are living longer thanks to medical research.
In fact, he is living proof — having just turned 104 years old!
Born in 1916, at 2 weeks old Bill had acute gastritis and wasn’t expected to live. With care from a doctor and his mother, he tells this story today with a chuckle, saying “Well anyway, here I am today, 104 years later”.
It was later found that Bill was also born with a congenital heart condition. He adds: “It is because of medical research that I am still here today. I've had a pacemaker for many years and just recently had it replaced; and I'm very grateful for the science and research that has gone to make it happen”.
Bill is very passionate about learning and education, having worked as Industrial Science High School Teacher from the end of World War II until his retirement.
When we asked Bill why he supports Garvan's medical research, he has lots to say:
“I have a dream that if I support Garvan both personally and financially they may be able to come up with a vaccine that could eliminate cancer. And so I have a made a Will and I have left most of my estate to Garvan for that reason, I want to support it as much as I can.
"Through my association with Garvan I have visited the cancer researchers. I have seen first-hand where my money goes. And I'm happy to give as much as I can.
"It’s a big job but I feel if the research work can continue as it is, I know the answer will come. I might not see it, but I know it will come. And I urge everyone else who can help, to do so for the cause.”
Thank you Bill for your friendship to Garvan and farsighted generosity to the community. Taking care of the next generation is in our DNA, and we know it's also firmly in yours!
We hope Bill’s story will encourage you to consider including a future bequest in your Will and becoming a Garvan Partner for the Future.
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