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Among our supporters are those with their own "future visions" who have chosen to make a long term gift by remembering VNPA in their Wills.

Catherine Young feels more assured of the future by her decision to leave a bequest to the VNPA in her Will. People like Budge, Jean and Eric also recognised that a Bequest to VNPA would help ensure the preservation of an environment they enjoyed, for their children and grandchildren, in perpetuity.

Catherine Young

"I often feel helpless when it comes to defending the few natural habitats left for species other than ourselves.

"I don't have time or make time to be more active in standing up for the environment in the face of 'progress'. I am thankful that the VNPA is out there working to preserve the natural environments that I value so much.

"My bequest and ongoing financial support to the VNPA are ways I can contribute to the preservation of our forests, marine areas, grasslands, wetlands and other habitats. By making a bequest I am reassured that the VNPA will continue to work and fight for the natural world to ensure its future survival."


Budge Bleakley was a bushwalker and keen photographer - his passion was Alpine wildflowers. He was president of the VNPA for two periods, and active in many nature conservation and native flora bodies. Budge was recognised as an elder statesman of nature conservation for his vision, knowledge and integrity. He knew that campaigns often require years of commitment, and by leaving a bequest to VNPA, his gift would ensure long term support.

Jean Blackburn was a keen bushwalker, fine photographer and during her lifetime she strove to protect the bushland she loved so much. Jean appreciated the need for sound research to support conservation campaigns and her benevolence has enabled VNPA to conduct two major Nature Conservation Reviews.

Eric Quinlan was a passionate conservationist, bushwalker and a tireless contributor to the philosophies and direction of the VNPA. Although he passed away in 1997, Eric continues to support VNPA's vital work. His generosity has helped ensure that VNPA can continue its campaign to protect the precious Victorian Alpine region which was so important to Eric during his lifetime.

The contribution made by these people to responsible conservation in Victoria has spanned more than half a century. Through their bequests and those of many others, that contribution continues.


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