Gifts in Wills

Could You Break Down Barriers for Future Generations Through a Gift in your Will?

A young Lucy Lewis, our first student

A young Lucy Lewis, our first student

Lucy Lewis Bequest Program

Deaf Children Australia (DCA) is a national leader in developing groundbreaking new services to support deaf and hard of hearing children, teenagers and their families.

You can help us invest in future generations. By considering a gift in your Will to our Lucy Lewis Bequest Program, you could enable us to deliver more unfunded programs for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people. You could support them in overcoming their barriers and achieving their goals.

Our bequest program was named after young Lucy Lewis who was our first deaf student at Deaf Children Australia. Her parents, Thomas and Sarah, migrated from England to Australia in 1848. No deaf education existed in the colonies at the time so Lucy’s mother wrote an impassioned plea for education for her deaf daughter which was placed in ‘The Argus’ newspaper. Our visionary founder and deaf teacher, FJ Rose, responded by setting up a school and our organisation. FJ Rose relied upon the support of generous donors and benefactors to enable Lucy and other young deaf Australians like her to receive an education.  It is this same vision to empower deaf and hard of hearing children and young people which continues to inspire us today.

Make Dreams a Reality

Drisana recently returned to DCA to inspire children and their families

Drisana recently returned to DCA to inspire children and their families

Over the years, bequests have helped Deaf Children Australia to provide vital support, information and advocacy services to enrich the lives of the group of over 16,000 Australian children and teenagers who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Since 2000, the bequests from The Nelson & Brook Educational Trusts and the Allen & Cecilia Tye Fund have continued to help fund Deaf Children Australia’s Youth Grants Program every year. Our youth grants support young deaf and hard of hearing people from all over Australia to pursue their goals and dreams, and this program highlights the positive contributions that these amazing young people make to society.

Our youth grants helped enable Young Australian of the Year 2015 and deaf advocate Drisana Levitzke-Gray to develop her leadership skills over several years. Drisana received the Young Australian of the Year award in recognition of her passion and dedication in advocating for the human rights of deaf people, and raising awareness about Auslan (Australian Sign Language).

Alexandria is going blind as well as deaf

Alexandria and her family enjoying DCA's Family Camp

Alexandria and her family enjoying DCA’s Family Camp

Please help us break down barriers for deaf and hard of hearing children. Many, like Alexandria, have complex needs and really need our support to reach their full potential.

Alexandria was born deaf and a few years ago, her family were devastated to learn she was also starting to lose her vision. Alexandria was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome, a genetic disorder which causes deafblindness. She has already had an uphill battle all her life with her deafness, Asperger Syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Alexandria’s mum Trina and dad Chris felt alone and overwhelmed. Thankfully, they came to Deaf Children Australia’s Family Camp and realised they don’t have to face this on their own. Trina and Chris shared Alexandria’s story:

“We were told Alexandria’s struggle to see in low light will progressively worsen. Already, she is basically blind at twilight. At some stage, Alexandria will start to lose her colours and then her field of vision will gradually reduce to a narrowing, darkening tunnel. Her deafness will make her vision loss even more challenging, and her vision loss will make it harder to cope with her deafness. At the moment, she can read people’s lips but she will lose that ability as her vision fades.

“The impact from the camp was so huge for us. Meeting other families with deaf children made us realise we are not alone in dealing with these challenges. Reaching out for help has opened up new opportunities and we now have a tremendous amount of support and resources to address both the deafness and blindness. We were frozen by our grief before but now, we feel a huge sense of relief. All these changes are looming for Alexandria – but the future is looking a lot brighter.”

Help Us Empower Deaf Children

Your generosity could make a lifetime of difference to a young deaf child. Leaving a gift in your Will to Deaf Children Australia will help us achieve our mission of inspiring and empowering deaf and hard of hearing children and young people to reach their full potential. You will always be remembered for your kindness.

If you are happy for us to acknowledge your bequest, you could become part of our community of dedicated supporters and join us for special functions to understand more deeply what a significant difference your gift could make.

Many bequests live on for many years. In the 1950’s, Deaf Children Australia received a share of a generous bequest from Gladys Dyon Fenton. Gladys was an independent businesswoman and a successful hotelier. Her generosity in leaving a gift in her Will enabled us to build a much needed two story red brick extension to our Bluestone building. To this day, this wing is named after Gladys and continues to benefit deaf children. Over sixty years after it was built, Fenton Hall has recently been used for a youth group and for a language development program for pre-schoolers and their families.

Please get in touch with our dedicated Gifts in Wills team if you would like to discuss contributing to the Lucy Lewis Bequest Program. 

Phone (03) 9539 5300 or email bequests@deafchildren.org.au

Remembering Deaf Children Australia in your Will

It’s not only wealthy people who leave gifts in their Wills to charities. As well as looking after your loved ones, you may choose to reserve part of your estate for other beneficiaries. You can specify personal assets, a fixed sum, or simply a percentage of your estate. Whether large or small, your gift could make an enormous difference in empowering deaf and hard of hearing children and young people to reach their full potential.

  • Please contact our Gifts in Wills team if you are considering a bequest. They can discuss your wishes and answer any questions you may have.
  • We recommend you seek the advice of an independent solicitor or qualified legal advisor before making or revising your Will.
  • Discuss your decision with your family and loved ones to ensure they understand your reasons for choosing to help Deaf Children Australia through a lasting legacy.
  • Once you have remembered us in your Will, please let a member of our Gifts in Wills team know. Of course your gift can remain completely confidential or anonymous. Yet we would love the opportunity to thank you and acknowledge your kindness in your lifetime if you would like us to do so.

Please get in touch with our dedicated Gifts in Wills team if you would like to discuss contributing to the Lucy Lewis Bequest Program. Phone (03) 9539 5300 or email bequests@deafchildren.org.au.

Organisation Details
Deaf Children Australia
597 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3004
ABN 57 108 025 207

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