Red Cross believes that the power of humanity can make a real difference to those in need. Our work in Australia and internationally is to improve the lives of vulnerable people no matter who they are or where they live. What better way to participate and support our vision by leaving a gift in your Will to Red Cross and helping change the future, for the better, for generations to come.
Why gifts in Wills matter
Red Cross relies upon the generosity of people like you.
After you have provided for your loved ones, please consider leaving a gift in your Will to Red Cross. Each and every gift makes a difference. Currently, around $1 in every $5 of our donated income comes from gifts in Wills. This money ensures that long into the future we will assist people in need no matter who they are, where they live or how big or small the crisis.
A lifetime helping others in need
Friends and colleagues will not be surprised that Anita Clayton is still thinking of others, even when it comes to writing her Will. Red Cross has been a recurring theme in Anita's life, spanning the decades from her early years as a Red Cross Junior cadet, to her current role calling people each day just to check they're OK. Growing up after the Second World War in England, Anita remembers idolising Red Cross nurses in war movies. From an early age, Anita knew she wanted to follow in the footsteps of those nurses.
After working as a nurse for the Royal Air Force in Germany, Anita travelled to the Australian outback where she began nursing with Indigenous communities, and met her future husband. They eventually moved to Perth where Anita worked as a senior migrant health nurse, treating refugees from conflicts in Iraq, Balkans and East Timor. Anita recalls, "We suddenly went from treating 500 to 1200 people, walking a fine line between maintaining a sense of humour and total hysteria." In 2010 Anita was looking forward to taking a holiday back to England, but was hesitant to leave her elderly father alone. Red Cross came into her life again when her father signed up for a daily Red Cross phone call. "My father knew that each morning, someone from Red Cross would ring him at a specified time, to check he was OK. It gave him great peace of mind," she says.
Anita decided to leave a gift to Red Cross in her Will as a simple way of thanking Red Cross for the support given to her father received while she was away. "I see my gift as being a way of returning what I've benefitted from," says Anita. Ideally Anita hopes her donation, and many others like it, will help ensure services like daily phone calls to the elderly, hospital transport for people in remote locations, and support for refugees seeking a safe place to live can continue into the future. "Without bequests," says Anita "Red Cross just wouldn't be able support all of these programs." To find out more about the everyday work of Red Cross, and for information on how you can leave a gift in your Will, go to redcross.org.au, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 811 700
How your gift could help
With little or no impact on your lifestyle today, a gift in your Will is one of the most powerful ways you can be sure the vital work of Red Cross continues helping lives for years to come.
A gift in your Will could help us:
- Serve over 750,000 healthy nutritious breakfasts each year, to children who would otherwise go hungry, a chance to achieve their full potential.
- Make sure thousands of elderly and frail Australians have friendly contact everyday so they continue to live independently and with dignity.
- Help disaster survivors, in Australia and internationally, overcome their grief and loss through emotional support and practical assistance.
- Help homeless people find a home connect to work and a new life.
- Directly benefit thousands of people in the Asia Pacific region with our water and sanitation programs
- Befriend and empower people who experience mental illness or extreme isolation, helping them to connect to services and supportive social networks.
- Give vulnerable young parents around Australia support to help manage daily life with a young dependant.
Red Cross must always be there for people in need. We would be delighted if you would consider leaving a gift to Red Cross in your Will.