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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

South Coast home sells for Cystic Fibrosis research

Almost half a million dollars will be donated to Cystic Fibrosis Australia by The LJ Hooker Foundation – the charitable arm of LJ Hooker offices nationwide - after the successful auction of a home built from the ground up by the South Coast community on the weekend. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home was built entirely by a community of generous individuals and businesses who donated their time and resources to build the home at 32 Wattlebird Way, Malua Bay. The home was sold at auction on Saturday (January 28, 2017) for $437,000 and every dollar will be donated from the LJ Hooker Foundation to Cystic Fibrosis Australia (CFA) to continue its research and support for those living with the condition’s daily challenges. The concept of the home originated with LJ Hooker real estate agent Michael Skuse and was very quickly embraced by surrounding professionals. It was appropriately named, “Red Rose House” which is in keeping with the CFA logo. “This fantastic result is a testament to what a community of over two hundred volunteers including representatives of large companies and small sub-contractors like electricians, plumbers and painters can do when they band together,” Mr Skuse said. LJ Hooker CEO, Grant Harrod said that local community spirit was at its best when LJ Hooker auctioned a property built by a community. “To have the house come out of the ground – from the sourcing of land to the bespoke finishes and final internal fittings - is a huge achievement,” said Mr Harrod. “Cystic fibrosis Australia has been a long time charity partner of LJ Hooker and to date LJ Hooker offices have raised in excess of $5.3 million by participating in its annual 65 Roses fundraising day, holding sausage sizzles and hosting community events. “This project is definitely one of the pinnacles in our long-term relationship and we will continue to support the organisation and the people suffering with the conditions daily challenges.” Cystic Fibrosis Australia CEO Nettie Burke thanked the LJ Hooker Foundation for the donation, saying the house was a poignant representation of life with CF. “Building a home is a step-by-step process. Likewise, living with cystic fibrosis involves regimented, step-by-step living that involves a tortuous combination of hours of physiotherapy and countless daily intakes of life-saving drugs,” said Ms Burke. “It’s simply a stunning home, but what makes it so breathtakingly beautiful for us is what the local South Coast volunteers have done,” said Ms Burke.

Above: Red Rose House

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