Bequests – A Gift in Your Will

bequestBooklet imageGive others hope and support with a Bequest to the Kidney Support Network

The Kidney Support Network (KSN) has been passionate about assisting people who have been impacted by Kidney Disease for over 35 years in Queensland. We aim to improve the health and well-being of those suffering from the disease, by providing support, education, Patient transport, Patient accommodation referrals and more.

Many people, particularly those who have been supported by the Kidney Support Network, or who have supported  our organisation, choose to leave a Bequest. Your Will gives you the opportunity to leave a very special gift to an organisation that you admire or which has played an important part in your life or in the life of someone you love.

Every gift, small or large, makes an incredible difference to the future work of KSN and the future of others suffering from Kidney Disease. It means our support to kidney Patients can carry on for years to come.

When you leave a Bequest to KSN, you guarantee that your generosity and values will continue to live on well beyond your own lifetime.

It is our mission to provide quality support to people impacted by Kidney Disease.

Unfortunately, the number of people suffering from Kidney Disease is increasing. Now more than ever we need your help to meet the needs of our community and increase our services on a local and Regional level in Queensland.

What is a Will?

A valid Will is a legally enforceable document which specifies the people and/or organisations to benefit from your Estate after your life ends.

Why do I need a Will?

Many people spend time making plans and thinking about the future, but overlook one of the most important responsibilities – making a Will. About one third of Australians die without leaving a Will. If you die without a Will, your assets may be distributed other than how you would have wished, under rules laid down by Australian law.

Most people know they need a Will – but simply ‘haven’t got around to it yet’!

It’s not something that anyone likes to think about, but deciding what happens to your Estate is crucially important for ensuring that your loved ones – and the causes you believe in – are supported as you would intend.

What is a Bequest?

Your first priority when preparing your Will is to provide for the needs and future security of your loved ones.

A Bequest is a specific gift, nominated in your Will, to one or more non-profit organisations or Charities such as the Kidney Support Network.

Benefits

  • Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.
  • You can modify your Bequest if your circumstances change.
  • You can direct your Bequest to a particular purpose or cause of your choosing.

How will Your Bequest Help?

Some of the ways your Bequest will help Kidney Patients and KSN include:

  • Increase personalised services for kidney patients – Peer Support; Circulation Massage; and special events
  • Help fund our crucial transport services to and from renal dialysis appointments
  • Education and awareness campaigns that promote kidney health
  • Assisting Australia’s First People and multi-cultural communities with culturally appropriate support; and through special events and projects, including conducting Kidney Health Checks
  • Expand Kidney Support Network services and Support Groups across Regional Queensland

How to leave a Gift?

If you do not already have a Will you should consult independent legal advice, such as a Solicitor or the Public Trustee to help you write your Will.

If you already have a Will and have decided to leave a Gift to the Kidney Support Network, talk to your family and your Solicitor or the Public Trustee to add this Bequest to your Will.

A Gift to KSN (small or large) could be in several forms including a sum of money; portion of your Estate; ; or other assets or investment – your personal decision.

You can specify exactly how you would like your Bequest to be used, ie. for our Indigenous Programs; Patient Support or perhaps Kidney Patient transport – again, your decision. If you haven’t specified how you want your Bequest utilised, the Kidney Support Network will ensure the Bequest is used to help kidney Patients in Queensland.

Do I have enough money to leave a Gift in my Will?

It’s a common myth that only the rich, famous and eccentric leave money to charity in their Wills. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Thousands of Australians make a Bequest to a cause they believe in or support. Every gift KSN receives, however large or small is important, so that we can continue to help people of all ages, including children, who are impacted by Kidney Disease.

How can I make a bequest?

If you’d like to know more about making a bequest to KSN or are ready to take this decision – we thank you!

Visit our Bequest Enquiry page on this Website to find out how to get started, talk to your Solicitor; or give us a call on 1800 358 797 or email [email protected]

Thank you from the Kidney Support Network Management Committee, Members, Volunteers and Staff.