Charity house auction gears up for Appeal

Ava Pattie will never be able to thank all the people who gave her a hand while she underwent treatment for Leukaemia. The nine-year old girl has now been in […]

Ava Pattie will never be able to thank all the people who gave her a hand while she underwent treatment for Leukaemia.

The nine-year old girl has now been in recovery for two years thanks to the Royal Children’s Hospital’s doctors and nurses, who saved her life after she was diagnosed at just 15-months old.

Her mum Jade Pattie can’t speak highly enough of the care she received and said the staff were “the best people you will ever meet”.

“They are wonderful, accommodating, selfless people who put the care of your child above anything else,” she said.

“The nurses do so many things you don’t hear about.”

This year it was Ava’s turn to help, with the cancer survivor joining scores of other patients who lent a hand for a painting which will hang in the 2021 Good Friday Appeal charity home.

Ava will launch Saturday’s inspection for the donated four-bedroom Henley Vogue home in Wollert with all proceeds from its sale contributing to the appeal.

The community project rallied hundreds of tradies and suppliers to build the home – totally free of charge.

The Good Friday Appeal’s Chairman, Penny Fowler, praised the efforts of volunteers and donors who poured their hearts into building the home.

“We are so grateful for the ongoing commitment from Henley and Villawood Properties to support sick children,” Ms Fowler said.

“The Charity Home No Reserve Auction is a highlight on our fundraising calendar and it’s just amazing that so many people either give up their time to work on the property for us or provide products and services to complete the home.”

Mark Glenn, Henley Homes Victorian building manager, said every person involved in the charity home build had a personal connection to the cause, or was very aware of the Royal Children’s work.

“Our amazing team, trades and suppliers, year after year continue to support the construction and delivery of a beautiful family home to auction,” he said.

Villawood Properties executive director Rory Costelloe was happy to be readying for another public auction after COVID forced last year’s to a tender process.

“All the kind tradies who put so much time and effort into building the Charity Auction House didn’t get the opportunity to see the rewards of their work,” he said.

The Royal Children’s Hospital has been caring for sick Victorian children for 150 years.

Fundraising for the hospital started in 1931 when it was risk of closing.

Since then, the Good Friday Appeal has raised $381 million to help deliver the best possible care to patients.

The 2021 Charity House is open for inspection this Saturday and Sunday from 11am.

Originally published in the Herald Sun, 20 February 2021
Words: Sarah Booth
Picture: David Caird

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