Mrs Kable’s final gift to Heart Foundation

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Mrs Bess Kable has been an avid supporter of the Heart Foundation ever since her son John died of a heart attack over two decades ago. She passed away in May this year, aged 94, and in a final act of generosity left a gift of $50,000 to the organisation in her will.

Tasmania CEO Graeme Lynch said that supporters like Mrs Kable are the driving force behind the Heart Foundation’s work.  

“Without help from the community we simply wouldn’t be here,” said Mr Lynch.  

“Gifts left in wills and donations from the public are by far our largest source of income. With the money we receive we fund research, develop guidelines for health professionals, support patient care, and help people to live healthier lifestyles.  

“Heart disease is Australia’s number-one killer, and Tasmania has the highest prevalence of all the states and territories. Generous people like Mrs Kable have a huge direct impact on our quality of life and make a major contribution to our purpose, which is to reduce premature death and suffering from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease.”  

Vale Bess Kable (née Wright)  

Bess was born at Central Castra on the North West Coast in 1923. She attended Devonport High School, then joined the ES&A Bank at Ulverstone in 1942. She was transferred to Hobart in 1946, where she met Lionel Kable, the manager of the YMCA. They married in 1950.  

Their only son John was born in 1953. On Lionel’s death in 1961 Mrs Kable returned to work, this time at Hobart accounting firm Shields and Hibberd.  

John was a terrific sportsman and student, graduating from the University of Tasmania with a law degree in 1975. He went on to forge a career as a prominent barrister in Launceston and Hobart. In 1995 John died suddenly from a heart attack aged only 42Mrs Kable was profoundly affected by her son’s death and for the next 20 years supported the Heart Foundation as a donor and by becoming heavily involved in fundraising events.  

Mrs Kable died in May this year. Under the terms of her will she left a gift of $50,000 to the Heart Foundation to assist them in their ongoing work. 

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Media enquiries: Bruce Ransley 0419 710 083, 
Available for interview: Heart Foundation Tas CEO Graeme Lynch 

The cheque will be presented by executors James Walker, Sandra Lovell and Nicki McKibben.