New wills program supports WA's next generation of first responders
St John WA has more than 300 appointments available over the next year for people seeking a free Will drafted by a licenced Solicitor thanks to its Simple Wills Program, facilitated through its fundraising arm St John Giving.
Twenty licenced independent Legacy Solicitors have volunteered their time to St John Giving to deliver expertise in drafting Simple Wills to bring peace of mind to Western Australians as they age. Information evenings are held in St John WA stations across Perth, with upcoming dates and locations listed on the St John Giving website.
Through the information evenings, participants can register for a free appointment which includes a planning session which enables an estate to be shared with beneficiaries in simple terms of fixed value gifts and percentage distribution. Appointments can be held face-to-face or over a videoconferencing application like Zoom or Skype.
St John WA Head of Fundraising, Ferdi Fourie, said the organisation launched its Simple Wills Program in November last year to provide Western Australians with an avenue to give back to their communities.
“St John WA has been delivering first aid services in Western Australia for 130 years, which has grown to include delivering free first aid to school-age children, a community transport service for people who need to access medical appointments, the expansion of our First Responder Network capability which includes our St John First Responder app which connects first aid trained volunteers with access to defibrillators in the community when emergencies happen,” Mr Fourie said.
“As a charity, our vision is to deliver first aid training to every school child in WA every year, ensuring the next generation of first responders has the tools, time and knowledge to build resilient communities. This work can only continue with community support.”
St John Giving has also created a Wills Information Booklet available through its website to support people to make the right decision for them as they age.
“It is important to note it is not compulsory to leave a gift when participating in our Wills program however every gift helps St John Giving to create a healthy, resilient and safe community for all Western Australians,” Mr Fourie said.
St John Giving supports a range of charitable programs in the local community, facilitated by St John WA. These programs include:
- Empowering tomorrow’s first responders by providing free First Aid training in schools across WA,
- Expanding our First Responder capability connecting over 250,000 West Aussies to our St John App and Community First Responder Program,
- Community Transport for our elderly and vulnerable to attend appointments and stay connected,
- Supporting our volunteers with specialist equipment at more than 140 regional St John WA Sub Centres.
Each program is designed to fill the gap between an emergency unfolding and ambulance attendance.
“By equipping our communities with the tools, time, and knowledge to act in an emergency, we can optimise rates of survival and ultimately close the resilience gap,” Mr Fourie said.