My husband and I have given both volunteer time and financial help to a number of causes for many years. We felt it important to include some of them in our Will to continue that support for generations to come. One area of our support has been in international development. I often have a sense of the postcode lottery of life that allows for one nation, and its people, to have so many advantages, while other countries and communities endure desperate situations, war zones and natural disasters.
Inevitably, it is the children and women who suffer most of all. It always seemed such a random and unequal birthright. We have three sons. They have been blessed with the advantages of living in the UK and Australia. To imagine them living through the plight faced by so many children around the world triggers something of a sickening knot in my stomach. We are grateful that our boys have not had to face such human tragedy or cultural challenges, but this spurs us on to do whatever we can to alleviate even a small part of that suffering elsewhere. This makes our gifts to UNICEF vitally important – and a gift in Will most important of all.
We have, of course, made provision for our boys in our Will – but we have chosen to divide our residual estate between charities that we feel strongly about. UNICEF is one of them. We know their work has stood the test of time, tackles widespread global issues and is backing moves to effect change for a better world - so we can all live with the same peace, full bellies, equality and freedom that our family and society enjoys every day. We hope that our legacy may contribute to such a vision for a better world for all children.
Helen and Jonathan Beeby, Melbourne.