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My gift to Tasmania

MY name’s Mike. I’m Tassie born, raised and can’t imagine being anywhere else in my retirement. I’ve lived here almost 75 years! I grew up in Hobart, went to school up the road and only left for a few years of study on the mainland before rushing back to build my life here.

I’m blessed with a big family, three kids and seven grandkids. They’ve all been fortunate too – enough to not need much help from me. So I get the opportunity to think about the many Tasmanians who might not be so lucky. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the families who haven’t been given the opportunities that my family have.

I worked hard from the age of 16 and just about retired at 55. I’m glad I did, because my health was deteriorating. I had a triple bypass at 58 and it gave me a whole new lease on life.

Having lived through all that, I was like a new person. I was aware that I wasn’t going to be around forever and started to think about what I’d be doing with my money.

Not everyone is as fortunate. Not everyone gets those chances in life. Which is why it means so much for me to leave a gift to Hobart City Mission in my will. To give someone else the chances they wouldn’t have had otherwise.

It feels good to help others who are having trouble themselves. It’s important that people are given a chance to pull themselves out of a difficult life and I’m proud to be able to help them.

That’s my gift to Tasmania – could it be yours too?

You can find out more at hobartcitymission.org.au/gift-in-wills

Sincerely, Mike.