Celebrating a lifetime of generosity

Celebrating a lifetime of generosity

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December 2020

Marion Page (pictured) served in the Women’s Auxiliary
Australian Air Force in the 1940s and was a long-time
supporter of the research conducted at WEHI.
Image courtesy of the State Library of Victoria.

Marion Page was a wonderful donor and close supporter of WEHI for more than 60 years.

When Marion sadly passed away in August 2015 at the age of 97, we truly learned of her generosity. Unbeknown to us, she had saved the best gift till last – gifting in her Will a portion of her Estate to WEHI to fund fellowships for early career researchers.

Supporting the next generation of scientific leaders was one of Marion’s passions. While we were elated with Marion’s generous last donation, we were disappointed that we could not discuss with her exactly how she would like her gift to be used. And sadly, we didn’t have the opportunity to recognise and celebrate Marion’s gift in her Will while she was alive.

Gifts in Wills are becoming increasingly popular. As people live longer and their children become financially independent, a rising number of people are choosing to support their favourite charities by pledging a bequest in their Will. A bequest is often the most personally significant and considered gift a person can make – an extension of a lifetime of commitment to a cause close to their heart.

WEHI is fortunate to have been the recipient of many bequests from long-time supporters, some of whom we have never met. These gifts – whether large or small – help us to plan for the future and ensure our scientists keep making significant discoveries to transform the health of the community, as well as for future generations.

If you have decided to kindly pledge a gift in your Will to WEHI, we encourage you to please let us know. While we respect your privacy, we would like to be able to discuss with you how to use your gift in a way that is most meaningful to you. And most importantly, to be able to say “thank you” in your lifetime for your generosity and foresight.

More information

To find out more about leaving a gift to WEHI in your Will, please contact Anne Rady on 03 9345 2929 or email rady.a@wehi.edu.au

Super Content: 
Researchers in a laboratory

This year a gift from the Joe White Bequest has supported more than 130 of our scientists undertaking cancer research.