How a humble donation became one of the biggest local donations to Cancer Council NSW
By Cancer Council NSW
Michael was a hardworking jack-of-all-trades – a driving instructor, a gardener, a cleaner. He even served in the Army Reserve.
Michael loved his local area. He was born, raised and lived out his life in the Hunter region, where he was known as servant of the local community.
He was a hardworking jack-of-all-trades – a driving instructor, a gardener, a cleaner. He even served in the Army Reserve. He was the kind of man that people knew they could count on, serving for many years as the vice-president of Hamilton North Bowling Club.
In considering his will, Michael knew that he wanted his legacy of community service to live on. While he thought he had little to offer, his lawyer suggested giving his estate – his house and his prized vintage Holden – to Cancer Council NSW.
He spoke to our team, who worked out how his generosity could be used towards cancer treatment, support and research that Cancer Council NSW funds at the local Calvary Mater and John Hunter hospitals.
When the time came, Michael’s generosity caught on. The real estate agents who handled the sale of his house even donated their fees, in kind, to Cancer Council NSW, and what had started out as a humble suggestion became one of the biggest local donations to the cause