Queenslanders are being urged to leave a gift to Cancer Council in their Will, in a bid to bolster much-needed funding to help beat the disease.
About 90 per cent of Australians support charities during their lifetimes, but fewer than eight per cent of people leave bequests, even though about one in three like the idea of leaving a gift in their Wills.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said leaving a gift could help to fund lifesaving breakthroughs to beat cancer.
“Bequests ensure that vital lifesaving research and support services for cancer patients and their loved ones can continue in the future,” Ms Clift said.
“A Will is a deeply personal reflection of a person’s values and makes a profound statement about their life, with the potential to leave a legacy of hope for future generations.
“Leaving a bequest to Cancer Council Queensland can make a big difference to those affected by cancer, helping us to reduce their pain and suffering, and save lives.”
Australia is known to be one of the most generous nations when it comes to charitable giving while living, but lags behind in legacy gifts to charity.
“Although we are a generous nation, only a small percentage of people leave a gift for charity in their Will,” Ms Clift said.
“We urge Queenslanders to consider leaving a lasting legacy to eliminate the burden of cancer on the community.
“This September, get involved with Include a Charity Week and show your ongoing support.
“Every gift gets us closer to beating cancer.”
The call coincides with Include a Charity Week this week (September 7-13).
“Include a Charity Week is a great time to think about your legacy, and plan your Will,” Ms Clift said.
Cancer Council Queensland offers a free Will service to Queenslanders who want to leave a gift in their will to CCQ.
For more information about the service, call (07) 3634 5388 or download an information booklet via https://www.cancerqld.org.au/page/support_us/bequest/bequest-booklet/.
For more information about Include a Charity, please visit www.includeacharity.com.au.
For more information or interviews, please contact:
Laura McKoy, Senior Media Advisor, Cancer Council Queensland