You’ve been a passionate supporter of Oxfam. Can you tell us why you’ve chosen to support us?
My entry to Oxfam was through reading a book by Peter Singer called The Life You Can Save. He proposes that there is an ethical obligation that people living in developed countries have towards people in the developing world. I was interested in the different ways I could do this because his message really struck a chord with me.
Oxfam stands out for me because they are non-denominational and seem to be a really trustworthy organisation. Both of these things made me feel that supporting Oxfam would be the best choice.
In January this year you had the opportunity to visit some of Oxfam’s projects in the field. Can you tell us what your most memorable experiences were?
I had the opportunity to head over to Vanuatu to see some Oxfam projects focusing on water security, hygiene and income generating projects to build sustainable livelihoods.
The highlight was definitely seeing the high-impact work that is being done around providing water security, supply tanks and effective drainage. It was amazing to see how this was improving people’s lives. Basic hygiene like hand washing facilities are also making a huge difference to people’s health and in particular kids’ attendance rates at school.
Coming from Australia, being able to drink from the tap is something that we take for granted so seeing the vital importance of clean water first-hand blew me away.
What prompted you to consider leaving a gift to Oxfam in your Will?
I read that book by Peter Singer, then I researched Oxfam’s work and I felt really motivated. This made me want to ensure that whatever might be left over after I’m gone will do the greatest amount of good that it can. To make the biggest impact possible supporting Oxfam seemed like the best way I could do this.
How did it make you feel when you included Oxfam in your Will?
I felt very good. Oxfam has been able to bring to reality something that I deeply believe in.
Oxfam and I share very similar values. Fairness is my number one core value, and that extends to equality of opportunity. I believe that people like us who were lucky to be born in a privileged part of the world have an obligation to support others in parts of the world that aren’t doing so well. Some describe this as “paying it forward”.
What sort of impact would you like to make on people’s lives through your gift?
I’d like whatever I do to help people fulfil their potential and get the opportunity to achieve what they are truly capable of in life.
If you’re feeling inspired and thinking about leaving a gift in your Will to Oxfam, please get in touch with our Bequest Coordinator Kern Mangan-Walker on 03 9289 9334 or at email@example.com.