Nearly half a century after his death, a benefactor has gifted a legacy to CCS Disability Action.
The life of the late Harry Farmer remains something of an enigma, but there is no mystery about what he left behind. On his death in 1967, Mr Farmer left a life interest in his estate divided equally between his four children. The last of the four died in January, three days before her 100th birthday. As the surviving member of the family, all the income remaining in the estate from her late parents and siblings is now being distributed, in a remarkable gift, to CCS Disability Action Auckland branch and the Blind Foundation.
Both charitable organisations received more than $336,000 each from Perpetual Guardian, in accordance with the late Mr Farmer's wishes.
Of the bequest, Auriole Ruka, General Manager for CCS Disability Action Northern Region, says, "While we do plan and hope for support from bequests each year, the incredibly generous contribution of the late Harry Farmer came as a very welcome surprise!
The Auckland branch serves an incredibly diverse community, from Karaka in the south to Warkworth in the north, and there's far more demand for our support and advocacy than we are publicly funded for, so our focus will be on how we can best work alongside disabled people and their family/whānau who are currently falling through the cracks.
"As a not-for-profit, CCS Disability Action receives its funding from a range of sources, including government contracts and local grant funding. We are extremely grateful for donations and bequests from people who share our vision of a New Zealand that includes all people. These extra funds allow us to provide support in a flexible way that really meets disabled people's needs and aspirations."
You can find more about considering CCS Disability Action in your will in our Donation page.