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Leave a Gift in Your Will

Leave a Gift in Your Will

Your Legacy, Their Future

Since 1958, our research has led to the introduction of vaccines, new treatments and improved standards of care that have already saved thousands of children.

1 in 20 children is born with a birth defect or genetic disease – and it can happen to any child in any family. By leaving a gift in your Will, you will be giving these children, and their families hope for a healthier future.

Types of Gifts in Wills

If you are thinking of leaving a bequest, there are many ways you can leave a gift that could be the right fit for you. A few examples that may suit your preferences and individual circumstances include:

  • A specific sum of cash or a percentage of the value of your estate
  • A gift of real estate
  • An investment such as stocks, bonds, shares or an artwork
  • A residual gift (the balance of your estate after all other provisions have been met)
  • Or any combinations of these

How To Leave a Gift in Your Will

A will must be carefully planned, drawn up, and executed to ensure your wishes will be effectively carried out. 

One of the simplest, most affordable methods of creating a legally binding Will is to employ the Safewill online platform. Learn more here:

You can also contact a solicitor, the Public Trustee, or the Law Society in your state or territory for advice about preparing a Will. 

Trustee companies specialise in preparing Wills and do not charge a fee if they are appointed executor of the estate.

Essential wording to make a bequest in your Will:

“I give to Children’s Medical Research Institute ABN 47 002 684 737 (the residue of my Estate/_______% of my Estate/the sum of $_______) free of all duties for the general purposes of the said Institute, and the receipt of the Secretary or Treasurer of the Institute shall be sufficient discharge for the executor.”

Once you have a Will, it is essential to keep it up to date to reflect your current family situation and intentions. If you already have a will and would like to support CMRI without rewriting the entire document, a codicil can be drawn up.

Unless otherwise specified, donations in your Will are invested in Children’s Medical Research Institute’s endowment fund, which supports our research in perpetuity. It is a gift that shall forevermore touch the lives of future generations of Australian children.

More Information

If you have any questions, would like further information, or would like to inform CMRI of your decision, please contact :

Mandy O'Bryan

Manager Estates and Gift Planning

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0414 857 812

All inquiries and conversations are confidential.

Arrange a Private Tour of CMRI

If you would like to find out more about our work before making any decisions, I would love to arrange a time for you to visit CMRI’s Research Facility and meet our team. By attending, you'll have the opportunity to hear directly from our researchers about their work and see our laboratories in action.

Why I Left a Gift

Nigel Armstrong - “After my wife died, I wanted to do something worthwhile.

“I was a Postmaster for 38 years, now retired. An everyday person. I have no medical or academic background, but that doesn’t stop me from being able to help.

“My wife passed away from breast cancer in 2003. She’d lost about five people on her side to cancer, and on my side I’ve lost a brother. I have another brother with leukaemia. I realised genetics must be important. I got in touch with Children’s Medical Research Institute and learned about the work they’re doing on DNA and telomeres. Telomerase is a fantastic line of research. From what I’ve learned, if we can stop telomerase in cancers we can stop them from proliferating. It’s important to find better treatments for many types of cancer that affect everyone. Everyone knows someone affected.

“When I heard about Sir Lorimer Dods, and how he set up the funding for CMRI for the long term, I thought it was a good thing. Research takes 15-20 years or longer, and you can’t rely on governments that change to keep it going. The way CMRI is set up, you can be sure a line of research will be followed through to its finality … CMRI’s research has the potential to help everyone, children and adults.”


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