LAKE Macquarie charities are set to benefit from more than $2 million collected by a local philanthropic organisation.
The Lake Macquarie Foundation was established for those who wanted to give back to their community in a unique way.
People can bequest a portion of their estate to the foundation in their wills, which is then distributed amongst charities in the area.
Last Friday, the foundation celebrated reaching the $2 million mark in style.
A two-course luncheon was held in Newcastle, with former rugby union coach Rod Macqueen making a quest speech for the donors, supporters and business partners who attended.
Macqueen talked about the ingredients of life and success, which he believed were similar.
‘‘The higher your standards are, the greater chance you have at success in life,’’ Mr Macqueen said.
The foundation’s chief executive officer Jo Bright said she was grateful for those who had shown their support for the foundation.
‘‘Philanthropy is something we should all think about in our lifetime,’’ Mrs Bright said.
‘‘It’s a way of giving to the community even after you’re gone.’’