Breakthry client, Wayne, smiling happily in front of the Penrith Panthers club.
May 10, 2024
by Courtney Dunn

Leaving a legacy: Harold and Wayne’s enduring generosity  

We are humbled and honoured to share the story of an individual whose legacy continues to inspire us every day. For over 50 years, Wayne was a happy and engaged customer at our Breakthru Parramatta Hub. When asked about Wayne, Corrina Down, an employment support worker at Breakthru, had plenty to say.

“I think about how thoughtful, kind, caring, empathetic and supportive Wayne was to everyone who knew him. He was a gentle soul who was well liked by everyone. Although gentle in nature, he also had a fierce love of horse racing, Canterbury Bulldogs and footy tipping. Wayne kept us in check to make sure his bets were placed and his tips were done. Wayne also loved Chinese food and Coca Cola. These simple life pleasures made him extremely happy. In saying that, Wayne also loved a great party the food, music, being with others, and having a great time." 

 

Breakthru client, Wayne, smiling in front of a window overlooking a nice courtyard.

Wayne’s loving father, Harold—who sadly passed away in 2003—left funds in trust for Wayne to ensure he could continue living independently. Then, in Wayne’s will, he left the remainder of this estate to Breakthru when he unfortunately passed away in 2022. This generous gift left by Harold and Wayne will live on in both their names and enable Breakthru to support many more clients just like Wayne.

Their act of generosity has not only provided vital resources, but also serves as a testament to the enduring power of empathy and solidarity. Thanks to Harold and Wayne, we have been able to expand our reach, touch more lives, and offer hope to those who need it most.  

Harold and Wayne believed in our vision, in the transformative impact of rehabilitation, and in the inherent dignity of every individual. Their legacy lives on in the smiles of those we serve, in the triumphs of those who defy the odds, and in the unwavering and defiant spirit that guides us forward. Their bequest was not just a gift of financial support, but proof of an enduring legacy of kindness, compassion, and love  

As you contemplate the legacy you wish to leave behind, we invite you to consider the profound impact of a bequest to the Royal Rehab Group. Leaving a bequest in your will is one of the most profound ways to support us. By entrusting us with a portion of your legacy, you become a beacon of hope for countless individuals seeking solace, support, and a chance at a brighter tomorrow 

In the words of Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  

Consider your future bequest today. 

 

Breakthu client, Wayne, when he was a young man,

About the author

Courtney Dunn

With a Bachelor of Photography, Graduate Certificate in Writing, Editing and Publishing, a Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing, and nearly five years' experience in the industry, Courtney works as a marketing coordinator in our Fortitude Valley location. Courtney is driven by a passion for advocacy, especially for individuals with disability. As someone born with a hearing impairment, she is dedicated to breaking down barriers and inspiring others to embrace diversity. In her spare time, Courtney can be found rewriting Greek myths, photographing dogs, and travelling.

About the author

Courtney Dunn

With a Bachelor of Photography, Graduate Certificate in Writing, Editing and Publishing, a Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing, and nearly five years' experience in the industry, Courtney works as a marketing coordinator in our Fortitude Valley location. Courtney is driven by a passion for advocacy, especially for individuals with disability. As someone born with a hearing impairment, she is dedicated to breaking down barriers and inspiring others to embrace diversity. In her spare time, Courtney can be found rewriting Greek myths, photographing dogs, and travelling.

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