House for Life auction raises $1.489m for Mater Little Miracles

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This home at 21 Forest Court, Helensvale was recently sold at the Mater Hospital charity auction.

A brand new home on the Gold Coast is being sold at a weekend charity auction, raising $1.489 million to help critically ill premature babies across Queensland.

Thirteen registered bidders participated in the no reservation auction. 21 Forest Court, Helensvale We bought a four-bedroom house in a 40-bidding contest in front of a crowd of at least 500 people with a Hervey Bay family who were bidding by phone.

Crowded on Saturday auction day.Photo: Justin Nickerson, Facebook

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“At every step there was commotion and applause,” said the winning bidder, who requested anonymity. “We wanted to be there, but we were both doctors and I was working.

The House for Life charity auction event, a partnership between Mater Hospital, Plantation Homes and Villawood Properties, raised $6 million over nine years for a neonatal intensive care unit (NCCU).

“Plantation Homes building homes with love is a unique partnership we have,” said Andrew Thomas, Executive Director of the Mater Foundation.

A $1.489 million check for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mater Hospital following the sale of the Helensvale home.

“All material and labor costs have been donated and all done in 9 months so far given the biggest real estate boom and all the problems with material supplies (shortages) and trade costs. And it’s unbelievable, we’re making progress.”

The house has a fireplace and pool.

The NCCU at Marter Hospital is Australia’s largest neonatal intensive care unit, caring for 2,000 sick and premature babies each year.

“This cost is just a fraction of what it costs to run an NCCU because we have 79 cribs that operate 24/7 in an intensive care model,” said Thomas. .

Newborn Critical Baby Care Unit

Sam Bart, a clinical nurse helping a baby in the giraffe incubator at the Neonatal Critical Care Unit at Brisbane Mater Hospital in South Brisbane. Photographer: Liam Kidson.

“A warmer for a cot is $70,000, a ventilator is $106,000, and simple equipment in a clinical setting is expensive. We can provide funding and help the best clinicians launch research.”

The $1.489 million auction result broke the record for the highest charity home sale price since the House for Life partnership began nine years ago.

Plantation Homes General Manager Raleigh said:

“It was a day full of great community spirit, fun and family. It was the perfect end to such an incredible journey for all involved. A record-breaking result for a great and laudable cause.” And the new owner can be truly ‘home proud’ for both the stunning home they just purchased and their incredible contribution to Mater Little Miracles. ”

Joe Dryden and Matt Negline of Coronis Gold Coast spent six weeks pitching the Helenvale home.

An open plan kitchen is a popular home feature.

Two-story Majestic 45 by Plantation Homes is located in The Surround Estate in Helensvale and offers four bedrooms, three spacious bathrooms, two powder rooms, a spacious kitchen, living and dining areas, and luxurious There is a pool.
Brisbane Lions assistant coach Jed Adcock and wife Amber Ward also signed on as ambassadors for the House for Life charity auction after spending time intensively after their son was born prematurely and promoting NCCU’s work. I was in the crowd on auction day. Care.

House for Life Ambassador Amber Ward and Brisbane Lions Assistant Coach Jed Adcock with sons Freddie and Hugo.

Auction day spectators applauded from the moment Apollo Auctions Director Justin Nickerson accepted a $600,000 bid from one of 13 bidders, and cheered until the bid exceeded $1 million. continued.

Auctioneer Justin Nickerson at the auction of 21 Forest Court, Helensvale.

The winning bidder plans to move to the Gold Coast with his children by Christmas.

A Hervey Bay buyer said on the phone after the auction closed: “I talk to kids about home, the reasons behind philanthropy, and what hospitals do.

“Our cultural and religious belief is to donate 2.5% of our earnings to charity each year. and this was in the back of my mind when we were bidding.

House for Life auction raises $1.489m for Mater Little Miracles

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