Wills and Bequests

Leave a gift in your Will to help the Flying Doctor continue to save lives

Today, Gifts in Wills to the Flying Doctor are one of our greatest sources of funding. As we look to the future, the needs will continue to grow in both the services we provide and the way in which they are delivered. Whether large or small, every Gift is greatly valued because it will help us have a positive impact on someone's life and in doing so provide the greatest gift.

The generosity of our loyal supporters make it possible for us to bring medical care and attention to those who need it wherever they are. A Gift in your Will to the RFDS will allow us to continue our life-changing primary health care, emergency retrieval and patient transport services.

Through your generous Gift, you will be welcomed as a member of the John Flynn Society and share a unique bond with those who stand beside you in making a difference. 

Graphic: Barry and Joan Medwin

Become a bequestor and join the John Flynn Society

"It is a privilege to be able to give this gift, I never thought I would have this opportunity to make such a difference. To be able to make this decision whilst I am alive is such an honour. Over many years we have admired the health benefits that RFDS gives to people in remote areas. We trust these funds will enable the RFDS to continue the excellent work it does in Victoria and Australia."– RFDS Victoria CEO Scott Chapman with Barry and Joan Medwin, bequestors and John Flynn Society Members.

Where your legacy goes

Funding is always needed to purchase vital medical equipment, keep the doctor flying and provide essential health services to those in need. By leaving a bequest, you enable our aircrafts to be equipped and maintained during their 20 years of service and upgraded when required. You will support our many services and help save lives.

Graphic: Medical evacuation

Who to address your bequest to

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) is made up of seven legal entities operating around Australia and under a federated structure. Each of the entities are independent, both financially and operationally, with their own Board and management. To make a bequest to RFDS Victoria you will need to address your bequest to:

Royal Flying Doctor Service (Victoria) Level 1, 345 Bridge Road Richmond VIC 3121, ABN 71004196230

Suggested Wording

We recommend you seek advice from a solicitor to ensure that the wording of your Will reflects your exact wishes.

It is important to remember to review your Will regularly, particularly when life circumstances change. There are several ways of leaving a bequest, dependent on what is best for you and your family. Below is some suggested wording to accommodate most bequest provisions in your Will.

1. A specific bequest which may be money, property, stocks, shares, or insurance."I give, free of all duties and taxes, the amount of $ or my units/shares in Trust/Ltd, or my real property situated at [insert street address] having the title reference to [insert specific RFDS Section name, ABN and address]. The receipt of the treasurer, secretary or public officer for the time being of [insert RFDS section name] is an absolute discharge to my executor."

2. A residual gift is where you can nominate to leave part or all of what is left of your estate, after provisions have been made for family and friends."I give, free of all duties and taxes, the residue of my estate (or % of the residue of my estate), to [insert specific RFDS Section name, ABN and address]. The receipt of the treasurer, secretary or public officer for the time being of [insert RFDS Section name] is an absolute discharge to my executor."

3. A percentage bequest is where you can nominate to leave a specified percentage of your total estate."I give, free of all duties and taxes, % of my estate to [insert RFDS Section name, ABN and address]. The receipt of the treasurer, secretary or public officer for the time being of [insert RFDS Section name] is an absolute discharge to my executor."

Contact us for more information on leaving a bequest to RFDS Victoria.

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Too late to say thank you

Lorraine’s bequest was a surprise to us – we had no idea she had included the Royal Flying Doctor Service in her Will. Receiving a bequest is always a bitter-sweet moment, but in this case there was an additional element of sadness as it was too late for us to say “thank you”, and let Lorraine know what her generosity means to the many people the Flying Doctor helps each year.

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