Home project big contributor to McDonald House

Last updated 13:13 09/05/2012

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The sale of a Carterton home built to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House in Wellington has yielded $80,000 in proceeds for the charity, says Milestone Homes' director Gareth Norris.

The home was sold at auction on Saturday and Mr Norris admits the decision to offer the property at no reserve was nerve- racking.

"It was definitely a nervous wait.

"We knew we had done everything we could to keep costs to a minimum and create a fantastic home, now it was up to the public to show their support and place their bids."

As a precursor to the main event, Weta Workshop donated a Lord of the Rings DVD set signed by Sir Peter Jackson. About six people vied for the home which fetched a sale price comparable to other homes in the area.

Mr Norris says the generosity of local business owners and trades people helped to ensure a sizeable donation to Ronald McDonald House.

"We could never have raised this much money without the support of the community.

"We had donations of time and materials - everyone wanting to do their bit.

"The result is a significant donation that will help Ronald McDonald House achieve its fundraising goals."

Mr Norris first came up with idea to build a home to raise funds for the charity, which provides support and accommodation to the families of sick children, last November.

The House campaigners had been working to raise more than $15 million for their new premises in Wellington and needed a final push to achieve their goal.

Ronald McDonald House Wellington chief executive Lesley Slieker attended the auction.

"It was fantastic to attend . . . and see so many people willing to raise their hands and bid on this fabulous home created by Milestone Homes, which will benefit future generations of Kiwi kids and their families."

"The whole project was a joy for Ronald McDonald House to be involved with, thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of a strong team of supporters.

"I am in no doubt the goodwill generated by all involved filtered through to the hearts of the bidders.

"The successful bidders (William Broughton and Tania Penberthy) have received a wonderful place of their own to call home and have also helped give a home to other families at a very critical time of their lives when the new $15.3 million Ronald McDonald House opens in Wellington in a few short months."

It's been quite a journey from concept to completion and Mr Norris said he is glad to have achieved his goal.

Despite the great personal commitment and work involved, he says he enjoyed the project and doesn't rule out similar endeavours in the future.

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"I'd do it again, maybe not tomorrow but I'd do it again," he said.

- Wairarapa News

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