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By Monique Kuzeff

The impressive four-bedroom charity house in Thurgoona’s Somerset Rise Estate built to raise funds for the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre (AWRCC) Trust Fund was sold prior to being put under the hammer last weekend.
An out-of-town buyer, who wanted to remain anonymous, snapped up the unique buy which will contribute some $65,000 to the AWRCC Trust Fund.
AWRCC Trust Fund fund-raising manager Jane Evans said she was “blown away” when she heard of the end amount and that it was a significant donation to the trust fund.
“Thirty to fifty thousand would have been an amazing donation to the cancer centre, but now we are looking at in excess of $65K,” Ms Evans said.
“It’s been amazing and we were blown away when the trust heard that figure this week because we thought we’d get half of that number.”
The charity house auction project (CHAP) was a two and a half year project which came to fruition after countless headaches for Green Homes Australia builders David and Beth Hawkins.
There were delays in approvals and administration issues before the Mr Hawkins could even turn the first bit of soil.
“We were given the block but because we didn’t have the title to the block the council couldn’t approve the permit because what we did was unheard of,” Mr Hawkins said.
“But this isn’t just testament of Beth and my hard work, it’s also a testament of the suppliers and other people who got on board to make it a reality.
“There are so many things we would’ve had to pay for which we were able to attain at no cost or very minimal cost, including services and resources.”
The CHAP was made possible with the voluntary input of 42 businesses and tradespeople who donated their time and materials over the seven months it took to construct the house.
William Bonnici, director of Bonnici and Associates First National Real Estate, said the information on the sold price and the buyer would remain undisclosed for now, but would come out in time.
“The buyer is relocating to the area. They saw it, they loved it and was impressed with the build and the design was her words,” Mr Bonnici said.
“It was totally different to anything else she had seen across Albury-Wodonga and she just had to have it.
“The fact that the proceeds were going to the cancer trust played a part in the marketing and I think, without her saying it, I’m sure it gave her a warm feeling inside to know that she was contributing to such a fantastic cause and facility.”

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