The Children's Cancer Institute is $700,000 better off today, after the Build for a Cure Home at Appin Place sold at auction for $50,000 over its reserve. The fully-furnished, two-storey, four-bedroom fully furnished house was constructed in 28 days and now auctioned to raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Institute.
The purchasers of the home in Appin, in Sydney's south-west, are a young family who are first-time buyers.
Successful bidder John Cole, 31, said, “It makes you feel good to be associated with such a fantastic cause, and the chance to support research into cancer. At the same time, we’re thrilled to buy such a wonderful house that’s been so well built in such a good location.”
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. “This will really increase the chances of giving the best treatment to the children with the worst prognoses, and improve the survival rates for all the 950 children and adolescents who are diagnosed with cancer every week in Australia.
“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.”
Walker has committed to be the land partner in the next five builds.