The fully-furnished, two-storey, four-bedroom house at Appin is the third ‘Build for a Cure’ home, constructed in 28 days and now auctioned to raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Institute. It was unveiled to the public last month by TV’s The Block star Scott Cam, the ambassador of the institute’s project Build for a Cure.
“That’s the reason we work so hard for such a good cause,” says Mr McDonald, who hopes to build five more homes for the charity over the next five years. “It’s hard to believe that so many children are born with cancer which is just not fair. They’re just children, they have never done anything wrong.
“I look at my five grandchildren sitting there and I would hate to see anything like this happen to any of them, so it’s only right that we all do our best to help get rid of this disease in the future. I was very happy the auction raised $700,000; that’s a lot of funds that will go into the institute.”
At the Children’s Cancer Institute, head of program Professor Maria Kavallaris says she was thrilled by the result. That money will now be used to fund seven senior scientists to continue their research into the causes of childhood cancer, the best treatments and the ways to prevent it in future.
“We are really excited that it raised $700,000, and we want to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, everyone involved,” she says. “Three children a week die from the disease and lots suffer the side-effects of their treatment. So projects like the Build for a Cure do enormous good.”
The house was built by workers from McDonald Jones Homes and subcontractors, on land donated by Walker Corporation at their community Appin Place, with fixtures and fittings supplied by Winning Appliances, Fisher & Paykel and Freedom, and real estate services by Di Mez Real Estate. Celebrity auctioneer Damian Cooley says everything came together to put a great house on the market that was beautifully furnished.
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