ODYSSEY HOUSE VICTORIA: Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment, Training & Support

Leaving a bequest


Odyssey House Victoria relies on the generosity of the community to carry out its vital work. One way in which you can care for the next generation is by making a bequest to Odyssey House Victoria in your will. Making a gift in your will allows you to contribute to the future success of Odyssey House without affecting your independence today.


The easiest and most cost-effective way to make a deferred gift to Odyssey House Victoria is to include us in your will. Each individual legacy contributes to our financial strength and independence and our ability to meet the growing need in our community for alcohol and other drugs services.

Types of bequests

You can give almost any kind of asset to Odyssey House Victoria through a bequest, including a specific amount of money, securities, an interest in real estate (such as a residence) and/or personal property (such as jewellery, art, shares or antiques).

How to make a bequest

A bequest to Odyssey House Victoria can be made by creating a new will, adding a codicil to your existing will or including Odyssey House Victoria in your revocable trust.

It is important that the wording in your bequest is very specific. It is always preferable to seek advice from a solicitor when making or updating your will. Suggested wording for a bequest to Odyssey House Victoria is as follows:

“I bequeath to Odyssey House Victoria for its general purposes (or the following purpose e.g. Child and Family Programs, Residential Rehabilitation) (the residue of my estate) or (a specified sum) or (specified items) or (a specified percentage of my estate) free of all duties, and I direct that the official receipt of Odyssey House Victoria will be complete and sufficient discharge to my trustees.”

Important information about making a will

when making or modifying a will bequest In general:

  • you must be over 18 years of age for a will to be valid
  • your will must be in writing (handwritten, typed or printed)
  • each page of your will must be dated and signed by the will-maker and two or more witnesses (all using the same pen)
  • keep your will in a safe place and tell your executor where it is.