One last hammer blow to support children's charities
AFTER endless hours from endless contributors, the Gladstone Peet Charity House auction is almost ready to go under the hammer at Vantage Estate Gladstone on February 23.
Variety Queensland regional events coordinator Kelly Hetherington said the work put in for the house auction has been enormous.
"From the first turn of sod in June, 2012 it's been quite a quick progress," she said.
"But leading up there's been a lot of legals."
The auction will be one of the biggest single fundraising events undertaken in Gladstone, according to Ms Hetherington.
"Obviously it's going to benefit the charities in Gladstone," she said.
"The four charities are all children based."
In celebration, a free community family fun day will be held across from the house at Vantage Estate today from 10am to 2pm.
The event will give residents a chance to view the house and gather together in community spirit.
There will be free kids activities, including face painting and a jumping castle, free barbecue and celebrity visitors.
The auction house was built by local builders Tenheggeler Homes.
"They are great builders in Gladstone," Ms Hetherington said.
"Anything they couldn't get for free or a company to donate, we tried to source donations."
Tenheggeler Homes managing director Troy Tenheggeler said he was pleasantly surprised at how many people donated their time, money, goods and services to get the whole project up to completion.
"Even though people, especially around Christmas, were extremely busy they still managed to find time to complete the charity house," he said.
Mr Tenheggeler said he was glad to see the house turned out so well.
"So many people volunteered their time and efforts," he said.
Mr Tenheggeler said working with a lot of tradesmen they did not usually work with was quite challenging.
But the overall result was worth it.
"I feel that we've been very fortunate," he said.
"Gladstone's been good to us.
"I think it's always important when you live in a community to give back wherever you can.
"The cherry on the cake will be if we get a good result on the auction day."
For more information go to variety.org.au/gladstonecharityhouse