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Society says thank you to bequestors


People who have remembered the University of Adelaide in their will are to be formally recognised for their support for the first time, with the establishment of a new society.

Planned Giving Officer at the University of Adelaide Sue Fox said the Hughes Bequest Society had been created to recognise and thank bequest donors during their own lifetime.

"The Hughes Bequest Society will not only say thank you for bequestors' support, but also highlight the very important difference that their generosity makes to the University," said Ms Fox.

Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Adelaide Professor James McWha will officially launch the society at an event in October. Ms Fox encouraged people who have already included the University in their will to make contact.

"While donors have planned their gift now, the University will not receive or sometimes even be aware of their generosity until some time in the future. Knowing about these gifts gives us the opportunity to say thank you now," she said.

The Society is named after Sir Walter Watson Hughes, who helped establish the University of Adelaide with an endowment of 20,000 in 1872.

Managed by the Development and Alumni office, the Society will recognise bequestors through special events and benefits.

For more information on the Hughes Bequest Society, contact Sue Fox on (08) 8303 3234 or email

Story by Lana Guineay

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