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Leave a Bequest

A gift in your Will creates a lifetime of inspiring change

Leaving a bequest is one of the most powerful things you can do to eliminate poverty.  When you leave a gift in your Will, you are bringing people hope that will resound long into the future. Your gift is a declaration to the oppressed that they are loved by God and their future is worth fighting for.

Honouring your legacy

The David Penman Fund

The David Penman Fund is a way for people to leave a bequest to Anglican Overseas Aid (AOA).

It is an opportunity to acknowledge and thank friends and supporters and come together annually to celebrate our collective contribution to fulfilling David’s vision.

You will receive:

  • A letter of thanks from the Archbishop of Melbourne
  • A certificate of appreciation of your continuing commitment
  • Invitation to a regular event to celebrate program achievements
  • The option to be named in the Annual Report
  • Annual Reports and Abundance Magazine

Each of the above will be optional. You can find out more by downloading our bequests brochure

An opportunity to share

A Will can provide an opportunity to share with the values our lives are built upon and encourage others to live lives of generosity as God directs them.

How can you do this?

Talk about why you give. Others might know that you support your church, AOA and other causes, but do they know why? Sharing your choices with others doesn’t need to mean providing financial details, but it's about sharing your hopes and values.

We recommend you consult a solicitor to help you draft your bequest. This is the best way to ensure that your intentions are accurately recorded and are legally binding.

"Our parents cared deeply for the poor and marginalised people in this world. As a family, we are proud that they left a bequest, that has created a life-giving legacy to others, even after their time on this earth has ended."

– Helen Reid
Janet and Alan Reid
Janet and Rev. Dr Alan Reid

Roger's Legacy

Roger, a dedicated schoolteacher, committed his life and legacy to teaching and assisting children.

Embarking on his career in 1956, Roger worked tirelessly for 33 years to improve student education in a regional city. A committed member of his local Parish, he loved to sing from the Anglican Hymn Book and spent many years as choirmaster. Roger lived a long and enjoyable life and upon his passing left a bequest to Anglican Overseas Aid to help people facing adversity. 

Shortly after receiving Roger's bequest, AOA was advised of the worsening drought and pending famine in Kenya. Vulnerable children had little food and were dropping out of school. Roger’s legacy funded an emergency feeding program in 77 primary schools across the region from November 2022 until February 2023. The program fed 48,018 children who would have otherwise gone without. Roger’s gift provided vulnerable children with desperately needed food at their school and boosted enrollment and attendance. Roger indeed left a legacy of life! 

You, too, can leave a lasting, life-changing legacy. Your gift can help transform the lives of people in great need, no matter how large or small. For a confidential, no-obligation discussion to explore the possibility of including AOA in your will, please contact us at (03) 9495 6100 or aoa@anglicanoverseasaid.org.au.