G.J. Variety Freedom House auctioned raising $225,000 for Variety - the Children’s Charity
Sunday, 4 May 2014 12:00 AM
A newly completed four-bedroom house in Sydney’s south coast went under the hammer at the end of the month all in the name of charity.
Shoalhaven’s G.J. Gardner Homes joined forces with Variety — the Children’s Charity to build the first G.J. Variety Freedom House to raise money for sick, disadvantaged and special needs kids.
Construction on the single storey family home at 9 Banool Circuit, Bomaderry started last November after the McDonald family provided Variety with a discounted block of land.
G.J. Gardner Homes Shoalhaven director, Nathan Fay said a lot of care had been taken with the design and construction of the house.
“A great deal of thought went into everything from the layout to the selection of door handles and quality Smeg appliances to maximise the amount of money we raised at the auction,” he said.
“It is located in the elite Meroo Views Estate and has stunning panoramic views across beautiful rural surrounds.”
The house features an open plan design including a master bedroom with ensuite and built-in wardrobes, a kitchen with Caesarstone bench tops, an integrated Forte A-BUS sound system and an undercover decked alfresco area.
The house was auctioned off by Integrity Real Estate on May 24 at midday. Proceeds of the sale will go towards Variety’s Freedom Program, which focuses on helping kids with specialised equipment enabling mobility, self-esteem and independence.
Tam Johnston, CEO of Variety — the Children’s Charity NSW said he was overwhelmed by the level of support from G.J. Gardner Homes in Shoalhaven and more than 80 local businesses.
“It is heartwarming to see so many local businesses and suppliers got behind the initiative,” he said.
“We’d like to thank the McDonald family for the land donation, G.J. Gardner Homes in Shoalhaven for all the hard work and all the other suppliers and participants for their generosity.
“The proceeds of this auction, which are more than $225,000 will make a huge difference to the lives of many children in need.”
G.J. Gardner Homes plans to turn this charity initiative into a stage-wide program. It hopes to enlist one of its NSW and ACT franchises to build a house each year to be auctioned off for Variety.
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