Informing us of your decision

If you have included MacKillop Family Services in your Will, we hope you will choose to let us know!

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Knowing of your gift means we can thank you personally for your generosity and invite you to join Margaret’s Circle, a group of individuals who have joined you in taking this remarkable step, named in recognition of the largest direct gift in a Will received by MacKillop Family Services.

As a member you will be invited to exclusive events where you can meet our staff and take an inside look at the work being carried out by MacKillop Family Services today.

Margaret’s Circle

Margaret's Circle

Margaret’s Circle is named in recognition of the largest direct bequest made to date to MacKillop Family Services by (Therese) Margaret O’Connor.

Margaret O’Connor was a librarian, a musician and a carer for her beloved invalid sister. In retirement Margaret took up the cello and she was a member of four orchestras when she died at the age of 90 at Mercy Place, an aged care home that shares a founder – the Sisters of Mercy – with MacKillop.

The youngest of five siblings, Margaret was an independent and private person who loved her family, her many friends and her pets. Her family supports this final donation of her entire estate to MacKillop Family Services.

Margaret had donated to MacKillop Family Services since we formed in 1997, previously supporting one of our precursors, St Anthony’s Family Preservation Services. The gift in her Will was the extension of a lifetime of support, that will help us continue to walk alongside the most vulnerable children, young people and families well into the future.

By leaving a gift in your Will and joining Margaret’s Circle, you will become part of our extended family. Not only will your support provide care into the future, but you’ll be invited to our exclusive Margaret’s Circle events. Like any family member, we’ll share our challenges and our achievements with you.

Of course, the decision to attend these events is up to you. We understand that some people like to keep these matters private. However, we are committed to reporting back to our key supporters and recognising the contribution they make towards our future.

Call our Fundraising Manager, Nichole Alfreds, on 03 9257 2214 or 1300 218 935 to advise us of your gift and have a confidential discussion about how you would prefer MacKillop Family Services to acknowledge and communicate with you.