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Connecting with our Daffodil Circle

Late last year some of our wonderful supporters took the time to visit us and share their personal stories with cancer and the reasons why they have chosen to leave a gift in their Will. It was lovely meeting everyone and hearing about their motivations and hopes for the future.

We would like to extend a big thank you to those who took the time to come and share their thoughts and talk about their lives. Gifts in Wills plays a significant and highly impactful role in ensuring Cancer Council can invest in lifesaving research, so it’s always a pleasure to hear from – and celebrate  – our wonderful Daffodil Circle members who are choosing to leave a legacy of hope for a cancer free future.

We look forward to sharing these stories with you over the coming months, starting with the inspiring Peter (below)

Supporter spotlight  - meet Peter

Supporter spotlight – meet Peter

As a Gifts in Wills supporter, Peter Sutton is a humanitarian at heart.

Contributing to studies, projects, and social justice causes, he is an active citizen volunteering to help better humanity.

“I like to volunteer for medical research,” says Peter. “I’ve been doing that for about forty years. I must have been involved in over 100 research projects [at various institutions].”

Peter is currently a volunteer in Cancer Council’s Australian Breakthrough Cancer (ABC) Study, providing researchers with lifestyle and health data along with 50,000 other participants. This vital longitudinal study is helping to grow our understanding of patterns in cancer incidence to develop more individualised prevention and screening programs in the future.

By taking an active interest in causes and issues affecting Australians now and in the future, Peter has gone to great lengths to leave a legacy that will benefit so many. His passion for social justice has seen him appear before the senate multiple times during inquiries, lodge submissions to many others, and be part of the recent Jobs Summit. 

As a volunteer for Uniting AgeWell, he visits older people at risk of social isolation and, with a passion for history, he has been involved in three war memorial projects.

“I think they are more important now the veterans have died,” Peter shares. “They were a living reminder of the cost of conflict.”

So why does Peter do all this?

“I like people.”

It is this appreciation for humanity that led Peter to leave a gift in his Will to further cancer research. His belief in the potential of humanity sees him doing what he can to prevent cancer from robbing individuals, families, and society of hopes and dreams.

“All of us have value, all of us are important to another person. We’re all important to our friends, to our family, we’re all important to the future generations,” says Peter. “My gift, I hope, would enable a better future for us all. Hope for a better quality of life, less suffering, less disease, less illness.”

Share your story!

If you have a story you would like to share too, we’d love to hear it! Please reach out to Abi on 03 9514 6828 or email giftsinwills@cancervic.org.au.

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