Bequests and gifts in Wills play a critical role in shaping our future community. The foresight and generosity of the Foundation's supporters such as Arthur Martin and Dulcie Richards enriches our community and ensures their legacy continues in perpetuity.
After a career in banking, Arthur Martin continued his love of finance through his own personal investments and pursued his love of gardening and healthy lifestyle activities with his wife Mavis. Arthur established his charitable fund account in 2013 after a leaving a gift in his Will. His charitable fund honours the memory of his wife Mavis and daughter Lyndal.
Through Arthur’s gift, the Foundation continues to honour his interests by providing grants to projects supporting community health and food security including the newly developed Education and Learning Centre at the Royal Melbourne Eye and Ear Hospital. It will be a world-class centre for Community and Clinical Education, Training and Research Collaboration.
The Education Centre facilities will include a multi-purpose auditorium, library, tutorial rooms and collaborative knowledge and research spaces. The dedicated training facilities include sophisticated wet and bone laboratories and innovative simulation technology. It will improve the health of Australians at risk of eye and ear diseases and be a collaborative hub for clinicians and researchers to engage in discussions regarding teaching, healing and research.
Dulcie Richards was a kind and generous donor to Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. During her lifetime, Dulcie was a tireless and compassionate worker in her local community and her generosity had no geographical boundaries. As a member of Soroptimists International, Dulcie was also involved in projects supporting women in Africa and Cambodia. Dulcie left a gift in her Will to the Foundation to support her charitable fund which she had set-up with her husband Alan in 2003.
As a returned servicewoman Dulcie maintained a strong sense of civic duty and activism throughout her life and her charitable fund supports many of the charities she supported during her life. Dulcie was a gracious and warm person with boundless energy. The Foundation will ensure her legacy continues to live on.