15 December 2015

What is the Meaning of Life?

Posted in Our heritage

By Wendy Ferguson,
Relationship Manager – Bequests

It’s a question that has plagued the greatest minds throughout history.

For an insight into answering this question, consider the common things people say when faced with their own mortality.

Palliative Care Nurses will tell you that many regret not spending more time with family, not helping others more while they had the chance, or spending too much time trying to please the wrong people.

The common thread is that people care less about the superficial, short-term pleasures they once craved in their youth. Instead, the meaning of life then transitions to the legacy that they leave behind and the positive impact they’d had on others.

It’s something that 20th Century American theologian, David Elton Trueblood believed when he said…

“A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.”

Legacy, it’s the heartbeat of SU QLD.

Without a visionary, who 147 years ago planted a figurative shade tree by scribbling in the sand on a beach halfway around the world, there would be no SU QLD today.

But the work of those that have gone before us would have been rendered null and void if it were not for supporters like you who, through prayer and donations, enable us to continue offering the vital services we provide to children and young people.

There would not be more than 600 school chaplains serving in over 850 school communities throughout Queensland, connecting with 425, 019 children and young people annually.

There would not be the many life-changing camps or schoolies program, offering young people a positive alternative to celebrate finishing high school and embarking on the next chapter of their life.

Your support helps young Queenslanders here and now, and is greatly appreciated.

A gift in your Will ensures the programs that exist today will remain available for generations to come.

SU QLD CEO, Peter James, says we can continue to pass on the legacy we’ve inherited.

“Bequests are a reflection of something that was important to you in the course of your lifetime. We understand that people want to ensure their family are cared for. But they also want to contribute to the community that their children and grandchildren will inherit. One way you can do this is by apportioning part of your Will to SU QLD as an ‘adopted’ member of the family,” says Peter, who for many years served as a lawyer.

To ensure your children and their children continue to have a school chaplain and attend life-changing camps, please consider remembering SU QLD by leaving a gift in your Will.

Help us to plant more shade trees for our future generations.

We may not see the fruits of your investment in our lifetime, but we know that your legacy can make the world a better place for the young people who will one day sit under the tree you planted.

For more information on leaving a gift to SU QLD in your Will, contact Wendy Ferguson on 0427 606 891 or email wendyf@suqld.org.au.



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