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Charity auction winners dig deep for children’s cancer

A Sunshine West family were the lucky winners at a recent charity home auction in Mickleham. The 4-bedroom Simonds home, to be built in Botanical was part of Channel Nine’s My Room Telethon, which is raising funds to help fight childhood cancers.

Mariah and Lloyd Johansson purchased the off-the-plan home for $582,000 despite the fact they had never considered buying in the area before and had only heard about the opportunity four days before the auction.

The ‘turnkey’ home comes with $40,000 worth of Adriatic furniture, bonus fencing and landscaping, 12-month Stan and The Age subscriptions and 12 months of free internet thanks to Opticomm and Harbour ISP.

The couple, who have been looking for a larger family home for two years, saw a commercial for the Home for a Cure while watching television on the Wednesday before the auction. They decided there and then to “have a look”.

“It was a beautiful home, it was within our budget and the whole thing is more appealing when you know [the proceeds are] going to be donated,” Mariah says, explaining their dramatic change in home search tactics.

Mariah got all the details she needed on the home and the community after arriving at the event. She liked what she heard but wasn’t certain that she’d bid. That was until she listened to the representatives from My Room who spoke about the work they do to help children with cancer.

“When it comes to kids, I’m a real softy and when I was listening to the speakers, I was trying not to cry. My heart just sank.”

The couple said they knew they would “dig deeper” after the sobering accounts and, as the auction began to ease towards what seemed like a conclusion, Mariah put in the winning bid. The couple ended up happily spending “a little bit more than we anticipated”.

The auction, held at Marnong Estate in Mickleham, just minutes from where the home will be built, was attended by about 150 people. It was held in conjunction with the Channel Nine My Room Telethon, which raised a total of $1,253,956 for the charity.  

Satterley’s Chief Executive, Nigel Satterley AM, said it was always humbling to be a part of charity auctions, but particularly moving when the buyers believe so passionately in the cause.

“Satterley has been a part of 40 charity auctions across Australia, and this is one of the most interesting buyer stories I can remember.

“Congratulations to Mariah and Lloyd and a huge thanks to everyone who made the auction possible. We’re proud to see the proceeds from the sale go towards such a worthy cause,” Mr Satterley said.  

Mariah and Lloyd hope to be in their new home by the middle of next year.

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