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2020-12-01 Community & Lifestyle

Making a bid for better children’s cancer treatment

My Room Children’s Cancer Charity is set for a major financial boost after the third annual Home for a Cure charity auction, held at Arcadia on Saturday, ended with a winning bid of $695,000.

Following fierce bidding from five attendees beginning at $601,000, the hammer came down with the price $75,000 over the home’s reserve. And when all was said and done it was Indra Gurung and Tejendra Khadka who had secured the four-bedroom Simonds home.

The pair, who currently live in Mount Waverley, had been searching for their first home for two months before discovering the spacious Aspire 174 set on a 465-square metre block in Officer.

“The first time we saw the home fell in love with it,” Indra said after the auction.

“I couldn’t sleep for the next few nights. I was just so worried someone would beat us at the auction.”

The home comes with an extraordinary combination of extras, among them $40,000 worth of Adriatic furniture, $25,000 of electronic goods from JB HiFi, outdoor furniture and a play set from Bunnings, bedding from A.H. Beard, homewares from Salt&Pepper, soft furnishings from Harvey Norman, a 12-month premium digital subscription to The Age, as well as a 12-month subscription to Stan.

The Home for a Cure auction was the centrepiece of a fundraising effort that also included a telethon hosted by Channel 9, raising a total of $2,347,653, following the auction result. The proceeds will go towards support for families with a child undergoing cancer treatment, medical equipment, clinical care, as well as research and clinical trials.

My Room’s Chairman, Maurizio Marcocci, said he was thrilled with the result.

“Although we’ve been involved in charity auctions for some time now, the sense of gratitude and excitement never dims. This is a result we simply couldn’t consider without the incredible generosity of partners such as Satterley, Simonds and Nine.

“This is a very significant sum and will help us in so many vital ways. It will assist families directly and it will also have a dramatic effect on the kind of research and trials that lead to better treatments, and hopefully one day even cures, for childhood cancers.”

Satterley’s Chief Executive, Nigel Satterley AM, said it was once again a great pleasure to contribute to the Home for a Cure auction.

“This is the third time Satterley has joined with My Room and Nine for Home for a Cure, and we couldn’t be prouder. Once again, we’ve witnessed the good that comes from a community of tradespeople, retailers, developers and builders working as one to help others.

“We’re thrilled for Indra and Tejendra and hope they love living in Arcadia as much as our other residents. It’s a strong community with a wonderful story behind it and this adds another fascinating chapter.”

Kelvin Ryan, Joint CEO and Managing Director of Simonds Homes, said he hoped the successful bidders would love their new home.

“We thank everyone who participated in this event – everyone who made the home possible, but also everyone who put in a bid. Our warm congratulations to Indra and Tejendra, who we hope will love the space and adaptability of this fantastic home.

A very big thank you to all of the generous suppliers who contributed to the 2020 Home for a Cure charity auction. 

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