CHARITY: Jon Morgan and Simone Hayden started Marcus Mission after their nephew commited suicide in 2014.
CHARITY: Jon Morgan and Simone Hayden started Marcus Mission after their nephew commited suicide in 2014.

Coast couple hopes selling their house will save lives

A COOLUM couple who lost their nephew to suicide have showed their dedication to their charity, Marcus Mission, by putting their Coorparoo home up for sale.

With help from Wesley Mission Queensland Jon Morgan and Simone Hayden initially funded Marcus Mission, a men's support charity honouring their nephew Marcus Roberts' memory, by renting out the home.

Mr Morgan said selling his property, which he bought as a 25-year-old, would give the charity a finically secure future and show his and his partner's devotion.

"Hopefully the money will serve two purposes - one being able to equip men that are facing life challenges with skills and tools to be able to navigate those difficulties, but then also to be able to attract mentors into the program that walk beside the men that are struggling," he said.

"It signals that we have a long-term view, we started well, the program is building momentum, but we really wanted to show to our partners Wesley that we are really serious about this."

 

SUPPORT: Marcus Mission co-founder Jon Morgan facilitates workshops.
SUPPORT: Marcus Mission co-founder Jon Morgan facilitates workshops.

Operating on the Sunshine Coast, Bundaberg and the Gold Coast, Marcus Mission runs a series of three resilience workshops that aim to reduce the risk of suicide for men aged between 18 and 44 through skill building, suicide prevention training and a mentor network program.

"Originally the vision was to have Marcus House, a house to be a drop-in centre where we could do some mentoring, some educational stuff, some activities and so forth, but when we took that to Wesley they said there is no chance you will get approval for essentially a community centre," he said.

"So, we have been renting it out and that money has been going into the Marcus Mission program, but we weren't getting a great deal of rent and there is a lot of add-on costs, so we thought we would sell it.

"It will mean we can help more men across more areas."

LJ Hooker Avnu selling agent Steven Gow said the home, which sits on a 607sq m block and features a large outdoor entertainment area, had already received strong buyer interest with several groups attending the first open home.

"When Jon and Simone approached me, I did whatever I could to be a part of it, knowing my own age being in the bracket most at risk, and also helping people, apart from doing my normal job as selling houses," he said.

"We are being quite forward with letting buyers know about the charity and we are jokingly saying they can pay more than they think it is worth because it is for a good cause."

The three-bedroom, one-bathroom home, at 72 Jellicoe St, will go under the hammer on Saturday, March 28 at 3pm.


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