Many help to boost building project profits

22:25, Dec 04 2012
UCOL build
GIVING TIME: At rear, from left, painters Karl Cremen and Dean, with former UCOL carpentry student Fiona Witinitara giving a hand. Front, from left, UCOL carpentry lecturers Brett Tickner and Peter VanderVeen with Chris Dugdale of the Dugdale Charitable Trust, which is behind the charity build.

Like the first charity house build, which netted more than $80,000 for Ronald McDonald House, the next two auction houses are shaping up to be big earners for their respective charities.

The UCOL low allergenic houses, in conjunction with Mitre 10 Mega, and the A1 Homes build in Carterton, are projects that have had considerable community support.

The donation of substantial amounts of materials and labour means the Dugdale Charitable Trust saved a lot of money, thereby lifting profits for charity when the homes are finally auctioned.

Chris Dugdale said she has been amazed by the help given to the trust.

UCOL have set a deadline of December 12 to have the next house finished by, and there is a concerted effort by everyone to complete the build.

This will be a Blue Butterfly certified house - low allergenic with a number of special features.


The carpet donated by Beaulieu is one that kills dust mites. Total Care Flooring is laying it free.

Gib donated the lining and Pink Batts gave the insulation.

Painters Dean Smith and Karl Cremen spent several days painting the interior free,

Electrician Robert Pownall donated his services to wire up the house.

Continuous Spouting of Upper Hutt provided materials and labour for all the spouting.

Bosch donated a special water heater.

Proceeds from the sale of this house go towards the Asthma Foundation and the Life Flight Trust.

UCOL carpentry lecturer Peter VanderVeen said the house build really engaged the students who had a 91 per cent pass rate this year; the highest the class has ever had.

One of the students, Fiona Witinitara, came back on her own time to help finish the building.

Huge support for A1 charity home

The A1 Homes charity home build on High St in South Carterton is coming along well.

The team from the Tribe Church was there lending a hand to beautify the property.

Various Wairarapa volunteer fire brigades are some of the major recipients of profits from the project. They have been helping out on working bees and generally doing what they can to assist. The Wairarapa Cancer Society is the other main benefactor. .

A1 Homes owner Paul Southey says they have had a fantastic couple of weeks on the project.

"Things are awesome at the moment, there's lots of activity," he says. There have been six to eight contractors helping every day lately. This project has also received a great deal of support from subcontractors and suppliers.

Pink Fit is installing Pink Batts for free in the next couple of weeks and members of the Tribe Church had a working bee at the site recently.

Amos Construction had some of its guys on site last week, Eastwood Motor Group has lent a vehicle and Fresh Choice supermarket in Greytown has supplied food to volunteers.

The plumbers and electricians have just started doing their thing, which means the project is moving into the business end of the job.

Project managers are looking for people with landscaping skills to lend a hand soon.

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