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Your can change a life forever

Leaving a Gift in your Will is a generous act of love that can make a world of difference to future generations of Australians with glaucoma.

Approximately 300,000 Australians have glaucoma but alarmingly 50% of these people remain undetected – allowing this potentially blinding eye disease to continue to progress.

Charitable bequests enable Glaucoma Australia’s vital work to continue - to eliminate glaucoma blindness, through awareness, education and support.

I have needed cataract surgery, two glaucoma laser surgery procedures and an emergency trabeculectomy. Glaucoma Australia has educated and encouraged me throughout the years and to leave a Gift in my Will is how I have decided to help everyone beat invisible glaucoma!
Tony
Promise

Support our time-honoured promise of saving sight for those with glaucoma

Legacy

Be remembered for paving a brighter future for others with glaucoma

Gratitude

Express appreciation for a well-lived life and support received

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We've been privileged to receive bequests from some of our friends and supporters. We are extremely grateful for this support and thank you in advance for your consideration.

How you benefit
You decide You decide how much to give – no gift is too small
No cost Your gift costs you nothing now
Retain control You retain control of your assets during your lifetime and, if your circumstances change, you can modify the gift
Anonymity You may choose to keep your gift anonymous
Memorium You can leave a gift in honour or memory of someone who inspired your commitment to the fight against glaucoma
Legacy You will be remembered as someone who helped future generations prevent vision loss and blindness from glaucoma

Your gift will help future generations

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3 Easy Steps

Regardless of age or assets everyone should have a Will. It is the only legal way of ensuring that your wishes are carried out.

1. Type of Gifts in Will
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First, consider what type of Gift in Will is right for you.

Some Friends and Supporters of Glaucoma Australia leave a nominated percentage of their Estate, while others prefer to leave the residue of their Estate after the needs of family and friends have been met.

Some specify a dollar amount or leave items such as shares, vehicles, jewellery, a work of art, real estate, business holdings, a chequeing or savings account, or a life insurance policy.

2. Instructions
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Next, please ask your solicitor to inform us when you have updated your Will with your preferred choice.

3. Giver of Hope
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Once we have received your bequest instructions, you will be officially welcomed as a Glaucoma Australia Giver of Hope.

Types of Gifts

It is recommended that you talk to a solicitor or public trustee when deciding to write or update your Will, to make sure that everything is covered and your wishes are known.

Overview
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Suggested wording for your consideration with your legal adviser.

Percentage Bequest
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Some Friends and Supporters of Glaucoma Australia leave a nominated percentage of their Estate. This is especially helpful if you're not sure how much will be in your estate.

You can leave us your entire estate or any percentage of your estate you choose. This means that no matter the value of your estate, the percentage you intend for Glaucoma Australia will remain the same.

Suggested wording:

"I give and bequeath to Glaucoma Australia Incorporated (ABN 52 610 716 720), in aid of that Association and for its general purposes, a sum of money representing ..........% of the value of my Estate as at the date that my Estate is distributed, for which the receipt of the Executive Officer shall be sufficient discharge to my Executor for the Bequest."

Residual Bequest
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Some prefer to leave the residue of their Estate after the needs of family and friends have been met, and all tax and debts settled.

  • This can be the total amount remaining after your estate has been distributed, or it may be a percentage of the amount remaining.
  • It is not a fixed financial sum, it automatically adjusts as the value of your estate changes.

Suggested wording:

"I give and bequeath to Glaucoma Australia Incorporated (ABN 52 610 716 720), in aid of that Association and for its general purposes, the rest and residue of my Estate, for which the receipt of the Executive Officer shall be sufficient discharge to my Executor for the Bequest."

Specific Bequest
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Often, supporters wish for our organisation to have a particular item or piece of property. Some specify a dollar amount or leave items such as shares, vehicles, jewellery, a work of art, real estate, business holdings, a checking or savings account, or a life insurance policy. For a specific bequest, you would outline the exact item, property, or share that you wish to gift in your Will.

Suggested wording:

"I give and bequeath to Glaucoma Australia Incorporated (ABN 52 610 716 720), in aid of that Association and for its general purposes, the sum of $............................ or the following specific item/s .................................. for which the receipt of the Executive Officer shall be sufficient discharge to my Executor for the Bequest."

Codicil – Amendment to your Will
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If you have already made your Will, you may like to add a Codicil – an amendment to your Will – which sets out your instructions for a bequest to Glaucoma Australia Incorporated (ABN 52 610 716 720). Please discuss how to do this with your legal advisor.

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Giver of Hope - Tony

Tony has been volunteering for Glaucoma Australia since 2002. After retiring from his busy job as a Warehouse Manager, Tony was looking to continue to be productive while at the same time wanting to help out in his community. Due to a family history of Glaucoma, his GP had recommended that he have an optic nerve check, this led to Tony’s diagnosis of glaucoma. He thought that Glaucoma Australia would be an ideal place for him to learn more about his condition and to help with the Association’s Mission: To eliminate glaucoma blindness.

Tony has always helped out as a volunteer with packaging and parcelling and for many years has ensured that educational material, merchandise and Christmas cards have reached their destinations in good order and on time. Tony told us that he had lived with glaucoma since 1988 and said, “I have needed cataract surgery, two glaucoma laser surgery procedures and an emergency trabeculectomy. Glaucoma Australia has educated and encouraged me throughout the years and to leave a Gift in my Will is how I have decided to help everyone beat invisible glaucoma!”

Tony is a Glaucoma Australia “Giver of Hope.” He knows that a Gift in his Will, can help others see into the future.

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Giver of Hope - Veronica

Diagnosed at 58 years old, Veronica, from the Blue Mountains in NSW, was not aware of a family history of glaucoma but recalls that a couple of her aunts seemed to have ‘eye problems’. As time went on a brother and a sister were also diagnosed which meant that glaucoma now affected three out of the five siblings. Together with her sister, Veronica responded to an invitation from the Australian and New Zealand Registry of Advanced Glaucoma to contribute to their long-term study of people with advanced glaucoma and its genetic relationship.

Veronica says that although she has ‘lost a good bit of sight’ she is actively involved in her community and enjoys her volunteer work. She is very happy with the treatment she received at Sydney Eye Hospital, and speaks highly of her past and current ophthalmologist, whom she visits in Parramatta.

Neither Veronica’s son nor daughter, has glaucoma but both are aware of the importance of regular optic nerve checks.

“I am very pleased to be able to assist Glaucoma Australia and their good work by leaving a bequest - and I love the newsletter!” said Veronica.

Gift in Wills support our Mission through:
focus on glaucoma education and awareness across Australia
support of people with glaucoma and their families
education through Glaucoma Australia resources for health practitioners and the community, and through the Glaucoma Australia Orthoptist Educator team
research funding of glaucoma research grants and scholarships
information news and helpful sharing through our regular newsletter Glaucoma News, email, social media and other communications vehicles
detection by driving Australians to get eye health checks through awareness campaigns, such as World Glaucoma Week.