Save the Children has many wonderful supporters who have recognised the powerful impact of leaving a gift in their will, knowing that it may be the most transformational gift that they will ever make.
We’d like to introduce you to some of them:
Continuing support for children - Diana Morrison
‘I have long been an admirer of the work of Save the Children and it has been a privilege in the past to work with some wonderfully dedicated people; volunteers with the same belief – that we have a responsibility for children throughout the world who suffer from poverty, famine, disease and violence, and with no hope of an education.
A child with good health and education, and hopefully a loving family, will grow up with a greater understanding of their world and may be empowered to contribute to their country’s development and so, eventually, to greater peace in their world.
I am no longer actively involved with the work of Save the Children but I am pleased that I can still contribute by leaving a bequest in my will; it is that simple.’
A pledge for children - The Brown Family
You might not expect a 17-year-old student with a part-time job to commit to a charity. But that’s exactly what Lizzy Brown did back when she was a teenager. She believes in helping those less fortunate than herself, especially children living in poverty and hardship, so Save the Children seemed a perfect fit.
Lizzy is now a mother of two small daughters and continues to support children in need. She and husband Darren are regular monthly donors and they have also included Save the Children in their wills. To them, leaving a bequest is a meaningful way to continue their support for future generations of children – it is their lasting legacy.
A family commitment - Feriel and Robin Falconer
'As a wider family we have been Save the Children supporters since the early 1960s. We have seen the changes from support of a specific child though to today’s community development programmes.
We are still able to give annually but also want to continue our support in the future, when we may not have available income. So, we have made a bequest in our wills. It is very simple and by stating it as a percentage of the estate we do not have to worry about specifying dollar amounts. It is satisfying to be able to continue supporting the work of Save the Children.'
A lifetime of giving - Ian and Elaine Leadley
Waikato farmers Ian and Elaine Leadley were longstanding supporters of Save the Children. Described by their daughter Chris as ‘good, honest, caring people’ they were loyal to Save the Children over many years, beginning with sponsoring children and continuing with regular gifting to an international programme. And Elaine always bought Save the Children Christmas cards! Ian and Elaine had a long life together, raising three children and celebrating 74 years of marriage.
They extended their lifetime commitment to helping children by leaving gifts in their wills. While Elaine left it up to us to use her gift where it was most needed, Ian was more specific. His bequest is being used to help run our preschool and primary school in the Daulatdia brothel in Bangladesh. Thanks to the generosity of Ian and Elaine and many other New Zealanders, children are receiving an education that will give them opportunities for a bright future.