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Gifts in Wills Program

A gift in your Will to CatholicCare Sydney is a gift of effective love for the thousands of people who access our programs each year, their families and carers.

Gifts in Wills play a significant role in funding CatholicCare services and are vital to the future of our programs. They are vital to the future of our programs. Every gift, large or small, is valued and appreciated. Your gift will help support the more than 140 programs and services CatholicCare delivers. Your lifetime can make the difference to other people's lifetimes. 

There are three main types of gifts in a Will.

  • Residual gifts have the greatest impact on CatholicCare service provision and include the residue of your Estate, or a percentage of the residue after all other gifts, taxes and debts have been distributed.
  • Pecuniary gifts are a gift of specified monetary value, determined by you at the time of drawing up or changing your Will.
  • Specific gifts are any specified item of value such as property, shares, artwork and jewellery.

To help you, CatholicCare has prepared a useful guide to preparing your Will called ‘Caring to Create Change'. 

It includes:

  • Practical information on preparing a will
  • Answers to some frequently asked questions
  • How to provide in your Will for those people and organisations you care about

By including CatholicCare in your Will you will be continuing the Catholic tradition of compassion and concern for social justice and helping us build stronger communities. You will also be sharing our vision of a more caring and cohesive Australian community.

To download your free, no-obligation electronic copy of ‘Caring to Create Change' see the Links and Downloads box on the right of this page. 

View and download our Promise to You here and if you a solicitor, you can download more information here

If you prefer to receive a hardcopy of the brochure contact CatholicCare on 02 9509 1111 or via email and it will soon be on its way to you.

Effective Love in Action: Caring To Create Change

Rose Mary Gallagher (1916 – 2008) was a compassionate woman who was filled with the joy of living. She had a strong sense of family, faith, self and social justice, all of which led her to dedicating her life to helping other people.

Rose was born in the NSW Riverina town of Darlington Point in 1916. Her father, John, ran the general store while her mother, Mary, looked after Rose and her little sister, Molly.

In 1925 the Gallaghers moved to the Sydney suburb of Five Dock. By that time the family had grown to include a baby boy named John. At her 90th birthday Rose recounted her toddler plea to her mother to give them a baby brother. She was told if she prayed very hard God might send them one. Rose prayed…and John arrived!

Rose was educated at nearby Domremy College. She left school at 15 and quickly advanced in her career at the GPO. She became a supervisor and trainer of new staff and was the union representative of phonogram operators.

In the early 1950s, Rose’s brother, Fr John Gallagher, established Credit Unions in NSW to help low-income families obtain loans to pay for necessities. Rose supported Fr John’s initiative and eventually worked fulltime for the movement at half her GPO salary.

Rose died on 17 April 2008, aged 91. Her friend, Pat Griffith said in her eulogy, “All Hallows Five Dock has lost one of its oldest parishioners, and we are richer for having known Rose and poorer for her passing.”

Rose’s Gift in her Will and CatholicCare Sydney

Rose was a woman of action. She believed in giving people a helping hand, not a handout. Accordingly, she left her Estate to benefit young people who may not have experienced the love, nurturing and security that characterised her own childhood.

CatholicCare Sydney’s approach to support – aimed at empowering people to live the life they choose – aligns strongly with the work Rose dedicated her life to. Having somewhere safe to stay is something many of us take for granted, but for young people facing the fear of another night on the street it can make a world of difference.

Rose’s significant significant gift in her Will has already provided accommodation for young people at risk of homelessness and abuse. This, along with support services aimed at helping young people reach their full potential, means the homeless youth supported by CatholicCare are given the best chance to achieve independent living.

Rose’s compassion and generosity exemplify the ‘effective love’ referenced by Pope John Paul II in his 1980 Encyclical, Dives in Misericordia.

“… through His lifestyle and … His actions Jesus revealed that love is present in the world in which we live - an effective love, a love that addresses itself to man and embraces everything that makes up his humanity. This love makes itself particularly noticed in contact with suffering, injustice and poverty – in contact with the whole historical ‘human condition’”. Pope John Paul II (Dives in Misericordia, 1980)

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