Nelson house to be auctioned off to support Child Cancer Foundation

A Nelson house built for charity is offering Kiwis the chance to own a home - and support children with cancer.

The new-build was constructed by Nelson company Homes by Orange and will be publicly auctioned off on Saturday, July 25. The money raised will go to the Child Cancer Foundation (CCF).

CCF operates nationwide and offers vital support services for children with cancer and their families.

Homes by Orange director David Orange says the charity build has been an idea for a long time, and his team, along with close to 30 supporting businesses, are delighted to see it finally become reality.

"We're confident the initiative to raise money to support children with cancer and their families in Nelson and nationwide will result in a significant donation," Orange says.

Tony Fitzgerald, CCF development manager, says the charity has lost between $1 to $2 million of forecasted revenue due to fundraising activities cancelled by COVID-19.

"In these trying times we are going through, this means the world to us," he says.

"What Homes by Orange have done for us cannot be overstated. It is going to support our families in so many ways."

Nelson house to be auctioned off to support Child Cancer Foundation
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The house in Katania Heights was opened to the public last Sunday with the help of eight-year-old Frank Urbano, a survivor of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

The Urbano family received support from CCF throughout Frank's year-long chemotherapy treatment, which Frank's mother Kristine Urbano says was a "big help".

"They were always there for us," she says.

Nelson house to be auctioned off to support Child Cancer Foundation
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Orange says that while they can't be certain what the final donation is likely to be, all involved have been conscious that every dollar saved during the build will increase the profit going to the Foundation.

The sale is being managed by Glyn Delany from Summit Real Estate.

"I can't wait for the auction on July 25 and to get a great result for the Child Cancer Foundation," he says.

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