Kurri Rotary Club volunteers at Children's Cancer Institute's Build for a Cure build, reveal and auction days

HELPING HAND: Kurri Rotarians Steve Crane and Alison Crane, McDonald Jones Homes director Bill McDonald, and Kurri Rotarians Ev Brown, Paul Hughes, Darryn Martin and Glen Thomas at the Build for a Cure reveal day on September 18.

HELPING HAND: Kurri Rotarians Steve Crane and Alison Crane, McDonald Jones Homes director Bill McDonald, and Kurri Rotarians Ev Brown, Paul Hughes, Darryn Martin and Glen Thomas at the Build for a Cure reveal day on September 18.

The Hunter house that has been built with love to help cure children with cancer will be auctioned on Sunday, October 23.

The four-bedroom home at Teralba was built in just 21 days, with everything including the land, trades and materials donated by local businesses.

The proceeds will go to the Children’s Cancer Institute.

The Rotary Club of Kurri Kurri is supporting the project, providing catering for more than 100 tradespeople, media and ambassadors throughout the build period and on reveal day on September 18, when more than 700 people turned out to see the home.

“We are proud to be involved in such a wonderful project as Rotary is all about helping our community and our children are our future,” club president Anthony Burke said.

“If this project can help find a cure for cancer in our children, we are all for supporting it and being a part of it.

“We all have children or grandchildren and no-one wants to see a child suffer and let’s hope the money raised funds the research to stop our children going through such terrible illnesses.”

The organisers have enlisted high-profile auctioneer Damien Cooley (The Block) to conduct the auction and hope it will fetch a record price.

Children’s Cancer Institute executive director Professor Michelle Haber said she and the institute’s researchers have been overwhelmed by the support from major partners, local businesses, over 100 local tradespeople, volunteers and local Rotary clubs.

“Every dollar of the successful bid will go to cancer research to help cure kids’ cancer,” Professor Haber said.

“Whilst there has been significant progress in improving survival rates for children with cancer, still every week on average three Australian children will die from their disease,” she said.

“We aim to bring that number to zero.”

Local families who have been affected by childhood cancer will be at the auction to share their stories and celebrate what the sale of this house means for more research into childhood cancer.

The home at Billy’s Lookout, Teralba will be open for inspection Thursday from 5pm to 6pm and Saturday from noon and 1pm.

Visit buildforacure.org.au for more information.

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