ACF's living legacy community recognises all those who have decided to extend their giving after their lifetime. We thank everyone who has arranged to give a gift to ACF in their will – and leave a living legacy of a beautiful natural world.

Meet some of the people who have chosen to give a gift to ACF in their wills.

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Hedley Thomson – Environmental Planner, ACF member since 1974

"From the age of around five, my family holidayed on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, so school holidays were spent exploring the beach, the sea, the foreshore, and taking in wonderful views from the bush hinterland. I started supporting ACF in the early 1970s as it was the pre-eminent national environmental organisation and one that was concerned with the care and management of the environment in its broadest sense.

As a town/land use planner, this broad, integrated view of nature and our relationship to it made sense to me. I now believe climate change is without any doubt our most critical environmental issue. I decided to leave a gift in my will to ACF because I believe it’s good to leave even a small contribution to the ongoing work and functioning of this very important organisation."

"I started supporting ACF in the early 1970s as it was the pre-eminent national environmental organisation and one that was concerned with the care and management of the environment in its broadest sense."


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Laurel Tsang – retired public servant, ACF legacy leader and member since 1975

“I was born in Shanghai and arrived in Sydney in 1951 when I was 10. I was rescued from the surf almost immediately (my mother had no idea about surf or the rip at Maroubra). I still fell in love with the beach and lifeguards. In the 1960s we joined ACF. My decision to make ACF a beneficiary of my will was made decades ago and is even more important now. I am often reminded of how fragile natural beauty is and that it requires constant vigilance.”

"I am often reminded of how fragile natural beauty is and that it requires constant vigilance."

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Professor Ian Lowe AO, Honorary Life Member and past president of ACF

"I have decided to leave a gift in my will to ACF because I want part of my legacy to be a healthy and safe environment for all Australians. I trust ACF to speak on my behalf as a voice that makes a difference. A voice for the species who can't advocate for themselves, and a voice that continues on long after I've gone. I want my grandchildren to experience the delights of nature as I have, in a country where all life thrives. ACF's capacity to respond to the long-term challenges of today will determine the legacy we leave for future generations."

"ACF's capacity to respond to the long-term challenges of today will determine the legacy we leave for future generations."

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Barbara Briggs, long-standing ACF member and Legacy Leader

"Over my career I have named 80 new species in several different plant groups and reclassified many others. Also, DNA data have revealed the evolutionary relationships of organisms with greater certainty and detail than I ever expected to see; it has been exciting to have a tiny part in that. Because my time and energy mostly went into my botanical work, I have been very glad that there are others more active in communicating and making public the need for conservation.

Seeing how ACF engages with politicians, communities and others to present the case for conservation and sustainability, I am proud to be a member. A strong voice from ACF will continue to be needed into the future, so leaving a legacy gift will continue this support. The more we know about nature, the more we realise that we are part of it. All organisms are derived from a single origin of life so that, in preserving other living things, we are preserving our own extended family.”

"Seeing how ACF engages with politicians, communities and others to present the case for conservation and sustainability, I am proud to be a member."