BERT Wilson was a local Electrical Contractor who died in August 2014. Under the terms of his Will, Bert set up a Discretionary Charitable Trust in order to provide financial support and benefit to local charitable organisations.
The Trustees, Michael Kearney, Helen Coombs and Andrew Byrne have decided to make a number of charitable distributions of $10,000.00 each, in the belief that it will be of real benefit to the people of Ballarat, and that it would be in the spirit of Bert’s intentions for the Trust.
The causes chosen to benefit from the current distribution are: 1.Ballarat Arch of Victory Avenue of Honour Committee to ensure continued upkeep of the Avenue.
2.Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Centre to be used towards the ovarian cancer project.
3.Ballarat Health Services to purchase new vital signs monitors for the refurbishment of the Childrens’ ward.
4.Ballarat Hospice to be used towards the building of their proposed new centre at Lucas.
5.St Patricks College Foundation to be used towards the building of theproposed new Boarding Precinct.
These groups and institutions were all causes Bert was interested in during his lifetime.
A handover presentation was held last week with a representative from each charity present.
Helen Coombs is also Bert’s niece and said she was thrilled to be able to represent the family.
“We were so happy that Bert set this charitable trust up and we are always extremely happy to know that we have helped somewhere in Ballarat,” Ms Coombs said.
“Bert absolutely loved Ballarat and he wanted to do things and he always gave money and his time from when he was very young.” The Trust has been set up to donate money annually to local charitable organisations.
“We are hoping that over the ten years we will be able to give away quite a bit of money,” Ms Coombs added.
Bert has been described as a wonderful friend, neighbour and mate to many and was wee-known in Ballarat for his fun-loving lifestyle.
He was generous to everyone and supported many causes during his 91 years.