The impact that 9670 left on Margaret Illukol's life was that positive, that she left her $1m estate to them when she passed away.
 
Margaret Illukol lived in Africa, and when she was a child, she was attacked by a hyena in Uganda. This left her completely disfigured, which she wore a mask to hide the injuries sustained. The hyena had mauled Margaret's head; her jawbone was destroyed and cut off in an attempt to keep her alive until medical help arrived; large parts of her face and mouth were torn away, including her nose.
 
It was when Margaret was a teenager in the 1970s, she was brought out to the Hunter area of District 9670 (which in those days, was 967), by Kevin and Val Leary, and their then 7-year old daughter, Annette, to have on-going surgery (about 70). The District Governor at that time, James Evans, didn't think that 9670 was able to assist as her injuries were so extensive that the most talented surgeons wouldn't be able to assist. However, with determination from Rotarians, it was somewhat achieved and a number of Rotary members became her carers. 
 
The Rotarians continued to the support by helping her to gain an education, become a nurse and eventually an Australian citizen.
 
Margaret Illukol passed away on 15 February 2015, after a fall in her home in Newcastle. She was so grateful for the District's determination, dedication, generosity and life-changing actions, that she left them with $1 million, in her will, to establish a trust, in her name, to help people in her adopted home, the geographical boundaries of the Newcastle district.
 
Ms Illukol travelled back to Uganda three times as an adult to see extended family, but she always considered that her family were the people of Newcastle.
 
Ms Illukol has written a book about her life, especially the hyena attack, and what Rotary has done for her since bringing her to Australia. It is called "Child of the Karimotong".