Leaving a legacy of wise words and bequests

Fr Brian Lucas (Catholic Mission)

Catholic Mission is inviting supporters this week to share some wise words and consider their legacy, as it takes part in an awareness week to encourage Australians to leave bequests in their wills, the charity announced.

Catholic Mission is one of over 100 charities working together to remind Australians that wise words can have a lasting impact on future generations, just as leaving a charitable donation in a will can. The organisation is this week taking part in Include a Charity Week, which aims to encourage people to leave a gift in their will to a charity, after they've provided for their loved ones.

"Catholic Mission receives no government funding, so we rely on the wisdom and generosity of our donors, particularly through gifts in their wills, to continue supporting thousands of people in need, in Australia and around the world," says Fr Brian Lucas, Catholic Mission’s National Director.

An initiative of the Fundraising Institute of Australia, Include a Charity Week aims to raise awareness of the impact of bequests, which constitute a large share of the income of most charities.

"We support projects in 1100 dioceses around the world," says Fr Lucas. "But without legacies, the impact of our work would not be as far-reaching. That’s why we are proud to be a part of this campaign."

This year, Include a Charity Week is asking Australians for the wise words they would leave with their loved ones. Across social media, Australians are sharing their #WiseWords2017.

So, what pearls of wisdom will Fr Lucas pass on? "I think back to the words of my father whenever we wanted something we shouldn’t have. He would remind us of the saying, 'I cried because I had no shoes, and then I met a man who had no feet.' It is a reminder to always be grateful for what we have, and never turn our backs on those who are not as well off as we are."

Supporters can share their own wise words on Catholic Mission’s Facebook page, or by using the hashtag #WiseWords2017.


A few wise words can have a lasting impact on thousands (Catholic Mission)

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