A gift in your Will is an immensely powerful way to make a difference, whether you’ve been personally affected by the diseases we study at SVI, or simply want to invest in the future health of our community.

By making a pledge in your Will, you’ll join the Jack Holt Society, named in honour of the man who made SVI’s founding bequest, with the goal of providing long-term financial stability to pursue cutting-edge medical research.

Jack Holt Society members are invited to exclusive events and receive ongoing recognition in honour of their special commitment. Your gift can be directed to any specific area of SVI’s research that you wish to support.

In memoriam

Making a donation in memory of a loved one who has passed away is a very special way of commemorating their life.

Many families ask mourners at a funeral to donate to SVI instead of giving flowers. We can assist by supplying donation slips, envelopes and a drop-box at short notice.

You can also make a direct donation in memory of a loved one or establish an ongoing contribution to mark a birthday or other significant event in their life. We can support this activity by sending an acknowledgement of your gift to the next of kin, including a personal note of support from you.

By donating to SVI in memory of a loved one, you are not only celebrating their life, but you are also helping to create a healthier future for generations to come.

For further information, contact SVI Foundation: [email protected] or (03) 9231 2480.

Turning grief into action

Ten years ago, Gerald Snowden’s beloved wife Patricia passed away with breast cancer.

In the decade since, Gerald has reflected on the far-reaching potential of medical research to improve treatments and prevent disease for families such as his own.

“Patricia did so much for so many.” Gerald says. “I wanted to turn my frustration at being unable to help her into something positive – something that reflected the type of person she was and that would also help provide hope to others”.

After Supporting SVI over a number of years and announcing his intention to leave a bequest to the Institute, Gerald decided to donate $1 million in honour of Patricia’s memory.

“I look forward to seeing my gift support discoveries for many years to come.”