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27 November, 2019

Laurie’s legacy lives on

In life and now in death, Mareeba’s Laurie Tracona made a difference to those around him and has left a lasting legacy of giving back to the community and those in need.

By Rhys Thomas

LAURENCE “Laurie” Tracona was a valued member of the community whose legacy of giving back will be one that stands the test of time well after his passing.

That was evident last Thursday as a tribute ceremony was held at the Mareeba and Memorial Bowls Club in honour of Laurie, with a number of people attending to pay tribute and to accept the beneficiaries of Laurie’s estate which he generously donated to a variety of charities, organisations and community groups.

One such beneficiary of Laurie Tracona’s estate was Uniting World, and organisation member Jenny Guyatt spoke about the enormous impact Laurie had on the not-for-profit group.

“Laurie has been a supporter of Uniting World for 14 years today (Thursday),” she said.

“It’s so wonderful to be celebrating his life on the anniversary of when he began to support our work.

“We partner with churches in Asia, Africa and the Pacific, and Lauri was always interested in the work was happening overseas such as climate change, combating domestic violence and the like.

“So the money that he has very generously given to us will be used again in those areas.

“We had no idea he was going to leave this bequest so it was just such a blessing to be given this money, and we will utilise it to further continue the work that Lauri had supported for 14 years.”

The list of beneficiaries for the estate of Laurence Tracona includes:

Uniting Church Mareeba
ChildFund Australia
Mareeba State High School
BlueCare (Mareeba Garden
Mareeba Theatre Group
Mareeba Shire Council
Mareeba Shire Job Training
Robert Fabris Charitable Trust
Mareeba Heritage Centre
Mareeba Friends of the Hospital
Variety Queensland
Dementia Australia
Heart Research Institute
Huntington’s Queensland
The Kidzwish Foundation Inc
Friends of the Animals (Mareeba
Animal Refuge)
Sonia Fenwick Trust Fund
Bowel Cancer and Digestive
Research Institute Australia
Canteen – The Australian
Organisation for Young People
Living with Cancer
Gallipoli Medical Research
Foundation Ltd
National Breast Cancer Foundation
of Australia
Prostate Cancer Foundation of
Children’s Cancer Institute
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Royal Institute for the Deaf and
Blind Children

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