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Leave a gift in your Will

A gift in your Will can make a difference to the everyday lives of people living with cerebral palsy
When Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Research Foundation was established in 2005 thanks to a generous Gift in Will, the number of children born with cerebral palsy across Australia was around 1 in 400.
Our CP Register Report published in 2023 details the current rate at around 1 in 700 children, a drop of 40%.
Thanks to research, the severity of cerebral palsy in Australian children has dropped. Now 2 out of 3 children living with cerebral palsy can walk without assistive equipment and more than half do not have an intellectual disability.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance is working hard to make changes through research, advocacy, intervention and assistive technology innovation. You can help us. 

The image above is of Ethan, who sadly lost his life at 6 years of age, and his loving grandfather. Leaving a gift in your Will helps to provide a world of opportunity for people with cerebral palsy and similar disabilities, and their families.

Download our gifts in Wills brochure to find out more about how you can make an impact by leaving a gift in your Will.

Thank you for thinking of us.

"I believe that a cure is within our grasp, but we need your help to achieve it"

Rob White, CEO

This is Ethan, my beautiful son, who sadly lost his life at just 6 years of age. A donation in your Will can help fund crucial therapy and ground-breaking research, which one day can prevent children like Ethan from being born with cerebral palsy.

Shannon Clough, Mother of Ethan

“We cannot begin to imagine the possibilities that technology will provide for people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

You may be wondering, what is the legacy I will leave behind? Will my gift still be relevant in fifty years? By joining me to continue to champion the use of technology for people with CP, I’m excited to see the progress we’ll make. You can give a hand to the future with a gift in your Will.”

Liz Nade, consultant for Assistive Technology at Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Leaving a gift of hope for future generations

Marelle Thornton, former president of CPA, supporter, donor and mother to Katie reflects on our progress since 1945.

When you generously leave a gift in your Will, your legacy will be helping to provide life-changing services for people living with cerebral palsy. You can see some of these important services in action at our Allambie site.

If you’re already thinking about your personal legacy, and the possibility of including Cerebral Palsy Alliance in your Will, we can’t thank you enough for considering us.

Naturally, looking after your family and friends comes first. All we ask is that after remembering them, you consider leaving a gift in your Will to Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Most gifts in Wills – or bequests – are made by ordinary, hard-working people who want to make a positive difference to their community.

Thank you for considering a bequest and for sharing our vision a world of opportunity for people with cerebral palsy and similar disabilities, and their families.

Rob White, CEO

A gift in your Will is the ultimate gift you can give to children, adults and families who live with cerebral palsy and similar disabilities, and to future generations.

By leaving a gift in your Will to CPA, you’ll be improving people’s lives, helping them live to their fullest potential and achieve goals they never thought possible.

A bequest dedicated to cerebral palsy research will support prevention and treatment, through translating evidence-based interventions into practice and ultimately, support the search for a cure for cerebral palsy.

We are a trustworthy charity with a rich history. A charity that – with your support – will continue well into the future. Learn more about us in our Annual Reports and Our History.

There are a few different ways you can include a gift in your Will, but we recommend a residual bequest – a percentage of whatever is left of your estate after all other gifts to family and friends, taxes and debts have been paid. This ‘residual’ can then be allocated as a bequest to Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

If you would like assistance with planning your gift, our friendly Relationship Managers are available to help.

Carol O’Carroll 02 9975, or
Rebecca McCartney 02 9975 8084 |

We recommend that you speak with a solicitor or trustee to ensure that your wishes are properly expressed. The suggested legal wording to use in your Will is as follows:

“I give to Cerebral Palsy Alliance (ABN 45 000 062 288)
(a) All of my residuary estate OR
(b) [x] percentage of my residuary estate OR
(c) The sum of $____________ OR
(d) List asset or assets

… to be used for the general purposes of Cerebral Palsy Alliance (ABN:45 000 062 288) and I DIRECT that the receipt of the public officer or other proper person for the time being of this organisation shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my trustee for the payment of such benefit.”

Name – Cerebral Palsy Alliance
Address – PO Box 171, Forestville, NSW, 2087
Phone – 02 9975 8000

If you’d prefer to support research, simply substitute “The Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance”. The ABN remains the same.

Supporter Stories

Anyone can leave a gift in their Will. It is the ultimate gift you can give to children, adults and families who live with cerebral palsy. It helps future generations, and will make a difference to the everyday lives of families. Plus, it will contribute to reducing the number of babies born with cerebral palsy.

Become part of a very special circle

When you leave a gift in your Will to Cerebral Palsy Alliance, you will become part of a very special group called the Circle of Hands as a heartfelt thank you.

As a member of the Circle of Hands, we will invite you to special events with interesting speakers. You’ll meet like-minded people who share your generosity, and learn about world-class therapies and research, made possible by your support.

You will also receive a unique artwork created by one of the artists who takes part in our Arts Workshop. Here you can see Virginia Redenbach  creating one of these special pieces.

Create a digital Will

Online Wills are a simple and affordable option for people who want to take control of their own document, have a simple Will, or who may not be able to access a solicitor.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance has partnered with three providers who may be able to assist.

Circle of Hands morning tea

Come along to one of our morning tea events to hear updates on exciting research and technology projects, listen to inspirational stories and learn more about how your support directly helps people living with cerebral palsy.

Look out for an event near you soon – we would love to meet you!

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Carol O'Carroll

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Exclusive offer

FREE Online Will until 30 June 2023. Enter code: CPA100 at checkout.

Safewill is Australia’s leading online Will writing platform. Every Will written is reviewed by a practicing Australian solicitor.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance supporters, friends and family can create or update their Will for free until 30 June 2023.

Include a Charity coalition

Cerebral Palsy Alliance is proud to be part of Include a Charity — a coalition of more than 100 Australian charities whose goal is to encourage more people to leave a gift to a charity in their Will.

Include a Charity Week each September raises the profile of charitable gifts in Wills and the incredible good that happens when you make a bequest.

Include a Charity Week 2023 will take place from 4 to 10 September.