With strict restrictions on the construction industry, you would think there would be little mood for charity; well behind schedules, only six guys are allowed on the property at a time.
But not according to a whole group of traditions, united with their builder and developer, who all give their time, skills, material and land on one construction site in Mulgoa, in the west of Sydney.
It is hoped that their work will eventually lead to industry-leading medical care which in turn will help the three children a week who are diagnosed with childhood cancer in Australia.
A house is being built to raise money for children suffering from cancer. (9News)
While another part of the roof frame of a sturdy crane is lowered into the next lot, another part of a project is placed through which the Children’s Cancer Institute, the country’s leader in childhood cancer research, can receive a donation that will continue to promote treatments such as their world famous Bench to Bedside, finding tailor-made treatments for each individual case.
“The house and land together will sell for at least $1.2 million,” said the institute’s Anne Johnston, as she watches the troop of chippies now climbing through the skeleton’s frame.
“All united here with one goal, that we can get better treatment so that every child can survive their cancer.”
The money from the house is set up to fund ongoing initiatives. (9News)
Trevour Celeban is a construction manager for McDonald Jones, who donate their construction assets and routine for the institute’s home. It’s not the company’s first time doing this.
“So we planned to build it in 10 days,” Trevour says.
“But just being able to build and build through the COVID restrictions is definitely a good thing.”
Fully landscaped, a turn key package, corner block, 900 square.
Construction has continued during the COVID-19 restrictions. (9News)
It’s a big job for a developer, but brothers Adrian and Robbie Wearn, who grew up on and around these parts, are not only happy, but eager to do so.
“We look at how lucky we are in life, you know,” Robbie says, turning to his brother.
“We’re very lucky to have what we do have. It’s really something that’s important, giving something back, it’s the way we were bought up. It’s something we’re very passionate about.”
“You big darling, you,” I say, and I mean it.