Leaving money to charities benefits all

Money to charities: Mark Harper, Jacob Harper-Blease, Marcus Blease and Charlotte Harper-Blease. Mr Blease will leave money to three charities in his will.
Money to charities: Mark Harper, Jacob Harper-Blease, Marcus Blease and Charlotte Harper-Blease. Mr Blease will leave money to three charities in his will.

This week is Include a Charity Week which encourages people to leave bequests to favourite causes after providing for family and friends.

Currently only 7.4 per cent of Australians leave a gift to charity in their will, but the Include a Charity research found that 25 per cent of Australians say they would like to.  

“These figures remind us that Australians are big hearted and very generous, but we need to find better ways to have the conversation about gifts in wills,” said Include a Charity campaign director, Helen Merrick.

Marcus Blease from Blackheath will leave money to three charities : Animals Australia, Cerebral Palsy Alliance and Cancer Council NSW.

“Leaving a gift in your will is an easy, yet transformative way to ensure the great work that charities do lives on after you,” he said.

Mr Blease has worked in the non-profit sector since 2002, including for both the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and Cancer Council NSW. He is also an animal lover, which is why he will also leave something to Animals Australia.