Belinda Collins, a working mother of three young children and a Burnet Ambassador, firmly believes in charitable bequests. Three years ago she left a gift in her Will for Burnet Institute.
“Whilst I’m juggling young children and part-time work, my family needs limit the financial commitment I can make to Burnet,” she said.
“A bequest is something tangible I can do now in support of the Institute, with practical benefits to flow in the future. I envisage in the years ahead, as my children become financially independent adults, I will be in a position to increase my bequest support and also provide more significant donations.”
Belinda has supported Burnet for many years and has regularly attended our research presentations and other events.
“I am inspired by the work of Burnet, the dedication of its research scientists, and the vision of its senior management to particularly focus on the disadvantaged,” Belinda said.
“Burnet’s ability to translate its research in the laboratory to implementation in the field, such as the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies (HMHB) program, is unique and is evidence of the organisation’s great expertise, passion and heart.”
A personal experience has focused Belinda’s charitable intentions.
“My eldest son, Sam, suffered some complications at birth but thanks to Australia’s excellent healthcare facilities and some very skilled health professionals, this was a minor complication that we’ve all but forgotten. The outcome would have been very different in many parts of the world,“ Belinda said.
“I am forever grateful that all of my children have had a healthy start to life.”
The impact a Gift in your Will can make.
“I would like to think that my bequest will, at some future date, help fund an important program that significantly improves the lives of many others who perhaps don’t have the good fortune of living in a wealthy country like Australia, with first-class medical facilities. I understand that the HMHB program is funded entirely from philanthropic income, including bequests,” she said.
“I encourage everyone to leave a gift in their Will to Burnet Institute – in support of the many vulnerable people whose life opportunities are considerably improved by the wonderful work of the Institute.”
Last year bequests represented over half of the Institute’s philanthropic income.
Leaving a Gift in your Will to support Burnet’s work
To find out more about how to leave a gift to Burnet in your Will, contact Mr Arnis Stonis, our Key Relationships Manager.
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