Celebration is in the air for everyone involved in the Wishlist House project, with the home’s keys officially handed over on Tuesday and Mayor Bob Abbott officiating over the ribbon cutting ceremony. The house the community built – Wishlist House – is finally finished thanks to the mammoth efforts of dozens of contractors, material suppliers and small business owners who constructed and furnished the half-million dollar home at Brightwater for free. Award-winning builders, Ausmar Homes, answered Wishlist’s call to build the luxury four bedroom, two bathroom home with a pool on land supplied at a discount by Stockland. Wishlist House will be auctioned on January 29, 2012, with all proceeds directed towards improving local ophthalmology services. Currently, a small team of eye specialists at Caloundra’s public hospital are responsible for treating patients from the entire Sunshine Coast region stretching into Gympie and beyond. With limited rooms, equipment and specialist staff, the waiting list for public eye patients is growing with many waiting years for treatment. To reduce the long waiting lists and the need for many to travel to Brisbane for treatment, eye specialists are actively being recruited for the Coast although new equipment is essential in order to attract and keep them. Wishlist aims to raise $430,000 to purchase this equipment through the sale proceeds of Wishlist House. On Tuesday, many of the 60+ labourers, contractors and business owners who helped build and furnish the house from donations will be present as Wishlist’s CEO, Lisa Rowe, receives the keys from Ausmar Homes. “Tuesday’s celebration is a way of saying thank you to everyone who so generously gave what they could to make Wishlist House a reality,” Ms Rowe said. “Once again, we are humbled by the support Wishlist receives from this community.” Wishlist House will open to the public for three weeks before the auction day, from the 7th-29th of January, 2012.