Gold Coast House for Life charity home fetches almost $1 million at auction
A GOLD Coast couple will cherish their new house more than most homeowners knowing the almost $1 million they paid for it will be donated to help sick and premature babies.
Philip and Hayley Lakic claimed the keys to the Helensvale House for Life charity home at auction on Sunday after offering $986,000.
They outbid 17 other registered bidders, including one interstate, with $1000 ultimately getting them over the line when the hammer came down.
The Coomera couple said knowing the funds would be donated to the Mater Little Miracles, which assisted babies being cared for in the Mater Mothers’ Hospital’s neonatal critical care unit, was what encouraged them to get involved.
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“I think that’s what made us turn up,” Mr Lakic said.
“It definitely makes it more satisfying to buy.”
The Mater Little Miracles was an initiative close to their hearts as Ms Lakic’s grandmother used to sell charity home tickets for the foundation in the 1970s.
“I didn’t really think about it when we came here — she sort of started it all,” Ms Lakic said. “She lives in a Mater home now.”
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The couple said it would take a while for the news to sink in but they were excited to start their family in the home.
“It’s a perfect location for us,” Ms Lakic said.
The four-bedroom, four-bathroom house features an open-plan design, outdoor entertainment zone and pool. It was sold fully furnished.
It is the eighth home built for the Mater foundation by Plantation Homes and the inaugural year Villawood Properties has donated the land.
More than 60 volunteers donated their time and resources over eight months to build the Hamptons-style house.
Hundreds of people gathered for its auction on Sunday.
High-profile real estate agent Damien Cooley, whose sales include those on Channel 9’s The Block, flew to Queensland for the weekend to lead the event.
He was constantly asked to get involved in charity auctions but said this one was special as one of his own children had been rushed into intensive care when they were born.
“It’s not often you get the opportunity to sell a house and land that’s been donated and every single dollar goes to the charity,” he said.
“It’s nice when you know that every dollar is going towards changing someone’s life.”
Mater foundation fundraising executive director Lesley Ray said when the home opened last month that the project was a special initiative.
“We’d sincerely like to thank Plantation Homes for their ongoing support of Mater Little Miracles and Villawood Properties, which has so kindly donated the land for this year’s campaign.”