A lasting gift of friendship

29 March 2021

John McNaught BEc ('72), BA ('69) wanted to leave a legacy that would support cancer research. The cancer treatment John had undergone disfigured his face, which caused him to feel self-conscious in public.  

Becoming a member of the Springbank Circle introduced John to a new community and gave him a sense of belonging. He rediscovered life at ANU through a calendar of social events, from classical music shows to lunches.

John also gained a new friendship with Rachel Hunter from ANU Advancement. He expressed his happiness at reconnecting with ANU. 

It has been a great joy for me, through you, to reconnect with ANU. I have always been grateful for the gifts ANU has given me, both as a former student and employee, and now in my retirement. 

Before John passed, Rachel shared with him how he had inspired her to become a donor. Such is the lasting impact of their friendship.

This impact story is a feature in the 2020 Report to Donors

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