“We weren’t wealthy so we used to go down with the train to Coolangatta. Sometimes Mum and Dad would take us on the bus to Wynnum. As a teenager we would go to Surfers Paradise.
“I always thought the surf lifesavers were absolutely marvellous. Back in those days they had those big reels. I used to watch them and was fascinated. I remember always wishing for a rescue to happen or a training session, just so I could see some action.
“I still go to the beach and just watch. They’re amazing.”
When it came time to make his Will, Barry made a list of charities. After narrowing it down, he decided to leave a gift to Surf Life Saving.
“It was years ago I made the decision to do this. I have always liked helping people – that’s the one thing which hasn’t changed throughout the years. I like to help my friends and family.
“Surf Life Saving is a charity in need. It’s always a lot of work to organise patrols – it doesn’t just happen on the day and there is a lot of planning and equipment. You’ve got vehicles, overheads, equipment, the list goes on. So that’s another reason I decided to help,” Barry said.
"It makes me happy I am leaving it somewhere that needs it. If everyone just left a little bit it would help a lot."
Like Barry, when you decide to leave a gift to Surf Life Saving in your Will, you are giving one of the greatest gifts possible. This one act of generosity will mean protecting and saving the lives of many beachgoers, ensuring the lifesaving movement continues on for many generations to come.
To find out more about leaving a gift in your Will or to speak to someone, please contact Brett Lucas on 07 3177 5831 or 0435 797 306 or visit slsf.com.au/bequest.LEARN MORE