At 81 years old, the desire to help others comes naturally to Win.
The retired nurse enjoys gardening, baking and knitting – but these pastimes have a much greater purpose.
Every week, Win trims her 155 rose bushes and takes vases of flowers down to patients at the gastroenterology rooms at the nearby hospital.
“It’s much nicer for the patients to have and enjoy the roses instead of them just sitting in my garden,” she says.
Win frequently bakes cakes, too. But not just for herself. The cakes are shared among neighbours and hospital patients – another small gesture from Win to simply “brighten up someone else’s day”.
“I like to do nice things for other people,” she shares.
But let’s not forget the work Win does for animals, too. The 81-year-old tells us that she’s adored animals for as long as she can remember.
“Loving animals is part of me,” Win says.
It’s for this reason that Win has been one of RSPCA South Australia’s most dedicated supporters for years – having even chosen to remember our charity in her Will.
Win’s beloved dog Rosie ‘means everything’ to her – and she wants all animals to be loved the same way
With four children and eleven grandchildren, Win is highly family oriented. And as such a huge animal lover, she feels her family is truly complete with animal companions.
Thirteen years ago, Win and her late husband welcomed another member to the family, Rosie the Rhodesian Ridgeback X – and now Win cannot imagine life without her.
“Rosie is just my soulmate,” Win tells us.
“She means everything to me. She follows me around everywhere and is always by my side. And every time she wants something, she gets it!”
As a talented knitter, Win loves to put her skills to use by knitting beautiful rugs to donate to RSPCA – all while Rosie watches her in delight.
It’s almost as if the spoiled pup knows the rugs are being knitted to help other animals who haven’t been as lucky as her.
“When I see pictures of the animals RSPCA helps in their cruelty cases, I think ‘how could anybody do such a horrible thing to these poor, defenceless beings? They are totally dependent on us,'” Win shares.
Win feels strongly about animal cruelty and wants to do what she can to help – which is why she so generously supports RSPCA South Australia with donations.
“I’ve always been a supporter of RSPCA, but the more involved I got, the more passionate I became about the work you do,” she says.
“I look at animals and think how defenceless and dependant they are. They need us. They need to be fed and they need to be loved – and RSPCA is there for the animals when no one else is.”
For Win, the best way she can help animals is to donate to RSPCA, funding the rescue work of SA’s most in need animals.
But she doesn’t just want to donate short term.
“Many years ago when I was making my Will I said to myself, ‘Well I’m supporting RSPCA now, but what happens when I’m no longer here? I’d like to be able to know and feel in my heart that I’m still doing some good.'”
“I didn’t just want my donations to stop. I wanted to know they would continue.”
‘I feel that people are looked after more than animals – and I wanted to help the animals’
As such an altruistic individual, Win cares deeply about all living beings. But she also feels that because animals are so vulnerable and defenceless, they are often forgotten.
“I feel in myself that people are looked after more than animals,” Win shares.
“I feel like charities for people are more likely to be supported than charities for animals, so I’ve left a gift to RSPCA in my Will because I wanted to help the animals.”
And Win is doing exactly that.
The gift she’s left to RSPCA South Australia in her Will ensures that SA’s most vulnerable animals – those who are neglected, abandoned or injured, can receive the love and care they need to find a home to call their own – even once Win is no longer with us.
“When I retired as a nurse seven years ago, I became more heavily involved with supporting RSPCA because I had some money I could do some good with,” Win shares.
“And now, because of the gift in my Will, I know that when I’m no longer here, my support for the animals will be continuing. Even though I won’t be here to see it, I know that it will be – and that makes me feel good.”
‘Leaving a gift to RSPCA in your Will makes more of a difference to animals than a one-off or monthly donation’
The generous individual she is, Win tells us that working beyond traditional retirement age has enabled her to spend money on more things she likes – such as donating to RSPCA to help animals.
“I just wish I had worked longer so I could donate more,” Win affectionately says.
So why not stop at her regular donations?
“Leaving a gift to RSPCA in your Will, I think, makes more of a difference than a one-off, or even a monthly donation, because it’s a much bigger amount and has more of a chance of helping more animals,” shares Win.
And since Win wants to do all she can to help animals, a final gift to RSPCA in her Will may be the most significant gift she can ever leave.
It’s Win’s final act of kindness for those who cannot talk or defend themselves – and these animals can only hope that people like Win will be there to help them.
A better world left for the animals who give us all a better life
Animals have left a lasting impact on Win’s life – just like they have for many of us.
Affectionate and unjudging, they’re there for us when no one else is, yet they rely wholly on us to look after them. The good news is, there is a wonderful way we can leave all animals a better world.
As a charity 91% funded by community donations, at RSPCA South Australia we can only continue saving vulnerable animals and championing animal welfare through the generosity of our supporters.
Without people remembering RSPCA South Australia in their Will, we simply would not be able to care for the thousands of animals who desperately need us each and every year.
Our most dedicated supporters, like Win, choose to remember us with a residual gift in their Will, which helps us care for more animals in the future – and ensures your great love of animals lives on.
“If anyone is considering leaving a gift to RSPCA in their Will, I’d want them to think about how people are likely to be looked after in final gifts – and how animals aren’t,” says Win.
“If you leave a final gift to RSPCA South Australia, you can be sure that it will do some good and make a difference to the animals.”
Thank you Win, and thank you to everyone who so generously funds our work of helping SA’s animals in need.