Welcome to the G.J. Variety Freedom House story! It is an inspiring tale of local heroes, generosity and vision.
This project began when developer Bruce McDonald gave a significantly discounted block of land in Bomaderry, on the NSW south coast, to Variety the Children’s Charity. This special organisation is a national not-for-profit body committed to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.
More than 13,000 NSW children’s lives were touched last year by Variety and more than 30,000 children in need across Australia. Their Freedom program gives independence to children with special needs by providing vital equipment such as wheelchairs, specialist Liberty wheelchair swings, communication aids and specific walk and stand equipment.
But what could Variety do with a block of land? Enter G.J. Gardner Homes Shoalhaven, who not only offered to build a house on the land at cost price, but used their extensive network to drum up the support of builders, suppliers and local trades people. They immediately got on board, pledging goods and services to bring this project, now known as the G.J. Variety Freedom House, to life.
The project had solid goals: create a new home using the support of every sector of the local building industry, auction it and pass 100 per cent of the money raised to Variety.
These funds are much needed and best of all most of these will be spent in the local Shoalhaven area, exactly where everyone who had contributed so generously to this special project lives.
The home, at 9 Banool Circuit, Bomaderry in the beautiful Meroo Views Estate, has been under construction since late last year and sold at auction on the 24 May 2014 raising $225,000 for Variety - The Children's Charity.
The enthusiasm and generosity of the trades people and suppliers involved in this project has been inspirational. So much so that G.J. Gardner Homes has committed to building one house in NSW for Variety - The Children's Charity per year fro the next 4 years.