Lego winner supports a worthy cause

16:00, Nov 27 2012
JAmes Waddell
LEGO-CRAZY: Habitat for Humanity Build Challenge winner James Waddell, 13, with one of his prizes.

Torbay resident James Waddell, 13, is a Lego maniac.

So when a family friend suggested he enter a new competition where contestants had to build a house out of Lego, James eagerly entered.

It took him about three hours over two days to build his house for the Habitat for Humanity Build Challenge.

His house featured a giant satellite dish, solar power and a sunbathing roof.

The competition was held for the first time this year and contestants could choose between building their house at home from their own Lego or at a special event.

James won the home build category for his age range.

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His prize was seven sets of Lego, two of which he gave to his friends.

The competition was run by Habitat for Humanity to raise awareness of its cause.

The non-profit organisation wants to eliminate substandard housing and homelessness.

James' mum Nicky Waddell says it is an amazing organisation.

"It helps people to help themselves and then they help others," she says.

"It's such a good philosophy."

Habitat for Humanity has housed more than 1.5 million people worldwide since 1976.

North Shore Times