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Mary's House bequest


Caption: Joan Burford

Mary’s House was provided with a significant bequest in early 2017. It is unexpected and very welcome. The donor was Joan Burford, an esteemed member of the Zonta Club of Sydney North who died 25 May, 2016. Mary’s House is very grateful and thanks Joan for her kind and thoughtful act.

A bequest ensures your assets are distributed in a way that you wish after your death. A bequest will enable Mary’s House to continue working on behalf of women and children and expresses appreciation of our efforts to assist women and children and make a difference after they’ve experienced domestic violence.

There were no conditions on Joan’s bequest which is a great compliment. Mary’s House is being allowed to use the funds in an area that is most needed. The Mary’s House team, in conjunction with Zonta, will use the bequest for the ongoing care of the women and children, including: transitioning out of Mary’s House, assisting with schooling requirements, special purpose needs and ongoing counselling for the children.

If you are considering a bequest or endowment, the Not-for-profit Law information hub has a useful fact sheet from where some of the information in this article is derived.

The following wording may be of use to ensure it is legitimate in law. With thanks to Justice Connect, it is a sample of the kind of wording that may be suitable for potential bequests by donors.

I bequeath [the whole/a percentage/something specific/residue] of my estate to [North Sydney Women’s Benevolent Association, trading as Mary’s House] of 40 Merrenburn Avenue, Naremburn NSW 2065] for purposes that it shall determine, and this bequest will be free from all duties. The receipt of this bequest by any authorised officer of NSWBA or Mary’s House shall form valid discharge to my executor.

Mary’s House representatives are happy to discuss gifts, bequests, wills and endowments.

Email: or phone the office number on 02) 8937 2094

If you are considering a gift, will, endowment or bequest, the Not-for-profit Law information hub has useful fact sheet from where some of the information in this article is derived.

Zonta International is a leading global organisation of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The worldwide stance for Zonta International is 'Zonta says NO to Violence against Women

A commemorative plaque naming one of the room’s ‘Joan’s Room’ is being developed along the following wording:

This room is named Joan’s Room, following the generous bequest of Joan Dorothy Burford

a long-time member of the Zonta Club of Sydney North

which has an international focus of assisting women in need of refuge care.

zonta 2Members of Zonta Club of Sydney North presenting Mary’s House with a cheque from the late Joan Burford.
Rear: Margaret McGlinn, Dr Imke Fischer, Heather Curry, Roger Williams (Mary’s House), Janice Gibson (Mary’s House)
Front: Christine Fitzgerald, Barbara Neill, Emma Rossi (Mary’s House)

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