Bequests - leaving a legacy of care

You may help us to help others with a bequest to the foundation that is by leaving a gift or donation in your will. 

A bequest means that you can continue to care for others in your community when you are no longer there to help in person.

Why make a bequest to the Medical Research Foundation?

Because we need your support. The Waikato Medical Research Foundation is a Registered Charitable Trust and the Trust Deed has been written specifically to encompass the aims and objectives we see as vital to the long term future of the foundation.  Bequests, legacies and other donated funds will be invested wisely toward our Research Fund account which will produce income to preserve and grow the activities that the form the base of the foundation's activities within the region.

What do I need to do in order to make a bequest?

If you have a Will, you need to make an amendment called a Codicil. It should not cost you anything to add a Codicil to your Will. See your solicitor, or person who handles your legal affairs, and they will add it for you. A bequest that is not in your Will is unlikely to be valid. 

What would the foundation use my bequest for? 

By leaving a bequest in your Will, you will help us to continue providing funding for vitally needed local Medical Research. The preferred option is "for the general purposes of the Waikato Medical Research Foundation." However, your bequest will be used according to your wishes and if you stipulate that this must be utilised in a particular area of the foundation's work, we will honour your request. 

Do you want to know if I have remembered the foundation in my Will? 

Yes, those who have left a bequest to the foundation are special to us. They are the people who we know have an interest in our future and we like to keep these people at the forefront of our plans for the future. 

So if you choose to include the foundation in your Will,  please tell us about it. If we know about your bequest, we can thank you personally and keep you up-to-date with our progress.

Do you need more information from us? 

If you would like to make a bequest in a way that is special to you, or that we have not mentioned above or if you have a general inquiry about a making a bequest, contact details are :

Foundation Patron Noel Karalus on 021 993 446 or email Noel at noel.karalus@waikatodhb.health.nz

Noel  will be happy to discuss your intentions in complete confidence and talk about the benefits your bequest will bring in the future. 

Thank you


"The legacy of the past is the seed that brings forth the prosperity of the future."