Legacy flows from lifetime of support
27 September 2015
“When dad came back from the war he couldn’t speak highly enough of the Red Shield chaplains who looked after the troops. From then on, mum and I always gave a donation.” – Brenda
For Brisbane-based retirees Jim and Brenda, remembering The Salvation Army in their Wills is an effective way to leave a significant legacy.
Jim, who worked for Queensland Railways in the engineering field, says the couple have always supported others, through The Salvation Army and a number of other causes.
He says: “I think it was instilled in both of us really by our parents who were good, honest, working-class people, who helped their neighbours; and it’s something that we have enjoyed doing.”
Brenda, who worked in administration with CSR and married Jim in her early 30s, has fond memories of attending Salvation Army youth events as a child.
After her family emigrated from England to Australia, Brenda’s father fought during WWII as an Australian soldier.
Brenda says: “When dad came back from the war he couldn’t speak highly enough of the Red Shield chaplains who looked after the troops. From then on, mum and I always gave a donation. When I started work, I continued to donate. It wasn’t a huge amount but it was regular and I was still doing that when Jim and I married.”
Jim says of the couple’s decision to remember the work of The Salvation Army in their Wills: “We decided that as we are both in our 80s, it’s going to cost us money to go into care, so we can’t give away large amounts of money away while we’re alive. But, there will be a significant amount left in our Wills.”
“We have every feeling of trust that all the money that goes to the Salvos gets used properly for their good deeds,” Brenda adds.