Mark Dronjak, Child Sponsor since 1997

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It didn’t seem right not to leave a bequest. We live such fortunate lives here in New Zealand. We have the chance to do good and to know that every bit – whether it seems small or great – makes a difference.

Think of a bequest as a lifetime’s investment in doing good. I’ve sponsored a child for many years – first in Brazil and now in Vietnam. These are lifelong bonds and they come from our ability to make change. They don’t just end when the sponsorship ends and they shouldn’t just end when we’re not here anymore. 

My wife and I visited the child we sponsor in Vietnam, last year, and we saw that nothing is wasted: everything that is needed to improve the community is being used sustainably. People work hard to make these improvements and they do everything they can with the funding they get. We saw it for ourselves and it confirmed the decision we’d made.

We know that our funds will be invested responsibly by ChildFund and we know that we’ll continue to make a difference, many years into the future. At the end of the day, it was an easy decision to make.

‘I love New Zealand a million times!!’

Every time I think about the old man who said this to me, I can’t help but smile. We were dancing actually – in the middle of the day, in the middle of the wilderness, in a place far, far away (Kenya!). His whole village had gathered to express their gratitude for the clean water facility ChildFund donors had built. I’m still inspired by the integrity of that moment!

As Director of Impact here at ChildFund, this memory comes to mind (along with the smile) with every new ChildFund project achievement I’m privileged to witness.

I joined ChildFund in 2011 and in the years since, I’ve had the honour of visiting all of the communities in which we work.  That memory – the man whose children and community were provided safe drinking water – is special. Being able to deliver lasting change for children is why I have chosen to leave a bequest to ChildFund in my will.  I know and trust that my donation will be used to deliver positive change for children. I know and trust that our partners - in countries like Kenya - will oversee projects that help children grow into confident and competent inquirers. This is the legacy I wish to leave: a world in which all children are given the chance to thrive.

To those considering the legacy that you will leave, I encourage you too to make a bequest for children, for good.