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    17 September 2012

    All Australians are being urged to give a thought to their favourite charity and consider including them in their wills, during Include a Charity Week, 17-23 September, 2012.

    Tony Chiles felt like “cancer on two legs” when he was undergoing chemo-radiotherapy for lower bowel cancer in 2010. He felt like he was missing out on vital support throughout his diagnosis and recovery, until he picked up a Cancer Council SA brochure.

    “I first rang the Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20 to get more copies of their brochures and I ended up speaking with the Helpline nurse for over an hour. That call instigated incredible support which was ongoing and made a huge difference throughout my recovery,” says Tony.

    “I’ve seen close friends die of cancer and when I was diagnosed I was bitter and angry, feeling like there was nothing being done to find a cure. But after the life-changing support I received from Cancer Council SA I now understand the difference they are making in the lives of people with cancer and for the future.

    “Leaving a gift in my will to Cancer Council SA is my way of saying thank you while also helping continue their work which supports thousands of South Australians every year.”

    Almost 70% of Australians support charities in their lifetime, but only 7.5% of those people (over the age of 60) include a charitable gift in their will.

    For more than 80 years, South Australians have supported Cancer Council SA, every day, to bring hope for a cancer-free future. Every day we’re another step closer to beating cancer, by investing locally in cancer research, prevention, support programs and services.

    “Thanks to the generosity of individuals in our community, we are able to fund more cancer research than any other South Australian charity,” says Professor Brenda Wilson, Chief Executive, Cancer Council SA.

    “Cancer Council SA also provides a number of services that help all South Australians, especially people with cancer, their families, carers and friends. Because of your support, survival rates are rising, patient support is improving and prevention campaigns are working.

    “After taking care of your loved ones, a gift in your will could be used to advance life-saving research or achieve the next groundbreaking discovery in cancer treatment. There is no better way to make your final wish count.”

    Include a Charity Board director, Ross Anderson, said charities rely on gifts in wills to enable them to continue providing vital services and research.

    “Australia is one of the most charitable nations in the world. Almost three in four of us support charities in our lifetime through everything from holding morning teas to running marathons,” says Mr Anderson. “However, when it comes to remembering these charities in our wills, most of us don’t do it.”

    “You don’t have to be wealthy to include a gift to your favourite charity in your will. One final donation, no matter how big or small, has the potential to make a huge difference to a charity and help them continue their important work.

    “We aren’t asking for donations during Include a Charity Week. We are just asking that people take a moment to think about the important work of their favourite charity, and consider including them in their will.”

    Australians who wish to leave a bequest can go to www.includeacharity.com.au for information about preparing a will; how to leave a gift in your will; and finding a suitable charity to donate to.

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