Veronica’s story: a Glaucoma Australia ‘Giver of Hope’
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.
Now 85, 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, now in their early 50s, 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.
Tony’s story: a Glaucoma Australia ‘Giver of Hope’
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 of “minimising sight disability from glaucoma.”
Tony has always helped out 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.
When Tony heard of ‘Include a Charity Week’, he told us that he had lived with glaucoma since 1988. “This year,” he 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 insidious glaucoma!”
Tony is a Glaucoma Australia “Giver of Hope.” He knows that a gift in his Will, can help others see into the future.
Howards Story: a Glaucoma Australia ‘Giver of Hope’
“I have known about my glaucoma for 30 years now. My late wife also had glaucoma but she was not as fortunate as me because by the time she was diagnosed she had lost a considerable amount of sight in both eyes. Glaucoma treatments did help to control her glaucoma but she became frightened that she would bump into things or fall and this caused her quality of life to suffer. Our daughters were tested before they were 40. They consider themselves lucky to find that even though they both have glaucoma; they have each been advised by their doctors that early detection and persistence with treatment usually means that the disease will stay under control. My hope is that glaucoma will not be allowed to rob my precious grandchildren of a bright, clear future.
As a Friend and Supporter of Glaucoma Australia for many years, I feel honoured to be able to leave a gift in my Will and be a GIVER of HOPE. I know that my bequest will enable Glaucoma Australia to help others see into the future.”
Regardless of age or assets everyone should have a Will. It is the only legal way of ensuring that your wishes are carried out. 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.
A number of Friends and Supporters of Glaucoma Australia have already provided for our Association through bequests. We hope that you might give some thought to providing for the future of Glaucoma Australia in this way.
Remember to keep your Will up-to-date, particularly if you have experienced the following: the birth of a new member of the family; a marriage or divorce; death of a partner.
Some 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, jewellery or a work of art.
You do not have to make a new will to leave a gift to Glaucoma Australia. You may add a codicil which is a supplement or addition to your existing Will.
Your solicitor will probably want to know that we are an authorised charity and have exemption from Australian Income Tax for gifts to the Association. We will be very happy to supply any other details about the Association that may be needed.
Form of Bequest
When making a Bequest to Glaucoma Australia we suggest the following wording;
- For a Percentage Bequest
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.
- For a Residual Bequest
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.
- For a Specific Bequest
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.
- A Codicil - Amendment to your Will
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.
Please click here to download a printable Bequest Form that you can discuss with your legal advisor.
Your bequest will support Glaucoma Australia to fulfil its Mission.