Big blocks, big life, big cause.
A no-reserve land auction with a percentage going to support men’s cancer in the Far North, is believed to be the first of its kind in the region.
Urban Properties’ Rachel and James Fennell has teamed with the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation for the innovative fundraising idea.
“We’ve been involved with the Foundation for other fundraising events. We deliberately wanted to expand the focus and awareness of this initiative to cover men’s cancer. Our industry is represented very heavily by a male workforce and we look after these guys with safety procedures on site, but we also wanted to make a difference to their health and quality of life as well,” Mr Fennell said.
“Our family has had a direct involvement with cancer that resulted in aggressive treatment but a positive outcome, so we are passionate about health care in regional Queensland,” Mrs Fennell added. He hopes the Foundation will receive a donation of at least $20,000 from the auction planned for the 800sq m block, Lot 55 at Millhouse Estate, Saturday, May 14.
Property Shop sales and marketing director Ben Johnston said in addition, he would donate his $5000 commission from the transaction. “We see this as our turn to give back,” Mr Johnston said. “Because this is a no-reserve auction, this is someone’s chance to grab a bargain while making a difference to health outcomes in the local community,” Mr Johnston said. The auction will be headed by well-known Property Shop auctioneer Lance Richards, who said he was excited to be involved with the initiative.
Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation chairman Dr Ken Chapman said he was thrilled that the companies had recognised the importance of making a difference to local health care.
• The auction will be held from 9.30am on Saturday, May 14 on site at Lot 55, Millhouse Estate. Pre-registrations to bid are encouraged at www.millhouseestate.com.au.
For further information visit www.millhouseestate.com.au.
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