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Wishlist House brings coast much closer to improved vision

By Dan Sowden

Wishlist House was sold on Sunday in a nail-biting grand finale to the highest bidder for $505,000, and along with the $14,500 raised from the separate sale of the home’s furnishings.

Ray White Auctioneer Dan Sowden said that it was one of the fastest auctions he had called in some time. “The bidding was so quick, even the 5 registered bidders didn’t all have a chance to actually get a bid in”

“Like many auctions, the opening bidder then also became the highest bidder by a slim $2,500 margin as the bids broke down towards the very end”

“Although the bidding was fierce it was a warm crowd as they gave a round-of-applause when the bidding reached $500,000”

Wishlist is thrilled to announce it is a huge step closer to achieving its goal of significantly improving the Coast’s public eye services through the purchase of $430,000 worth of ophthalmology equipment.

Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said the entire Wishlist team were thrilled with the money raised at Sunday’s auction, and anticipated it would not be long before public eye patients on the Coast could start benefiting from a better ophthalmology service locally. “So many individuals and businesses have helped us with the huge fundraising venture that was Wishlist House and we can’t thank them enough,” she said.
“Ausmar Homes – the home’s builders – were true partners in every sense of the word, from finding and persuading all the contractors and suppliers to donate their services to build the house, to helping out with every milestone along the way. Stockland was also on board from the start, generously discounting the price of the block at Brightwater.”
With the land costs yet to be deducted, the total raised from Sunday’s auction of Wishlist House leaves Wishlist with a benchmark of $62,000 still needed in order to finalise the equipment purchases. Ms Rowe said she has no doubt this balance would be raised quickly with the same big-hearted enthusiasm she has witnessed time and again from this community.
“It’s not everyday you see a community rally to build a half million dollar home from donations,” she said. “We are now putting our heads together to work on raising the final amount so we can expedite the purchase of 19 pieces of ophthalmic equipment which are vital in diagnosing and treating eye disease in public Coast patients.”
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