Wishlist confident of auction record
WISHLIST CEO Lisa Rowe and Caloundra businesswoman Coral Brown could never have imagined the ride they were about to go on as part of a special fundraising committee that began in 2003.
"I'd had a bit to do with local charities over the years and I was happy to find out more about the Wishlist project that Lisa wanted me to be a part of," Ms Brown said.
"The idea was to have a house built, all services and resources completely donated, and then auction it off for profit to help fund the relocation and refurbishment of the Cancer Centre.
"It was a huge task and some of us sat there in awe initially thinking, 'How is this going to happen?'
"But what can I say - it did, and it has two more times."
The first The House The Coast Built in 2003 successfully raised almost $400,000 towards the new and improved Cancer Centre at Nambour General Hospital.
"This was such a significant project for such a good cause - as all the houses have been - and it really brought the community together," Ms Brown said.
"It's something I still think about fondly, having been involved with."
Wishlist House followed in 2012 and made more than $350,000 for opthamology services on the Coast.
And now The House The Coast Built 2015-16 will be auctioned this Sunday to benefit sick and needy children. Ms Rowe said the charity was optimistic of breaking its auction record.
"Every year that we do the build, there's another level of excitement and expectation," she said.
"The team from Ausmar Homes have really poured their heart and souls into this luxury home and with more than 60 local businesses committing time and resources in to, it really is The House The Coast Built and we're incredibly hopeful that that is reflected come auction day."
Ms Brown encouraged the community to take a keen interest in the auction.
"The bottom line is that you just never know when you're going to need the local health service and it's major Wishlist fundraisers like this that ensure our facilities and resources are the best they can be," she said.
The House The Coast Built auction is on Sunday at noon, on-site at 16 Flame Tree Pocket, Sippy Downs. It is open for inspection Wednesday to Sunday 12-3pm. Inquiries to Dan Sowden at Ray White Maroochydore on 0412 201 914.