AS six-year-old Jade Reeves jumped and bounced on a bed in the newest house in Medowie, she knew that what surrounded her was more than four walls and a roof.
The Build for a Cure house, which was publicly unveiled in The Bower estate on Sunday, is a home built on generosity, community spirit and hard work.
And donations. From the land, to the materials and labour – which included more than 100 tradies – and the furnishings; it was all donated. As the house came together so did the community.
And when the ribbon was cut on the front door on Sunday, three weeks after they started with just a concrete slab, childhood cancer survivors and their families flooded in to check it out.
The house and its contents will be auctioned off on October 21, with all proceeds going towards funding further research at the Children’s Cancer Institute to help children like Jade.
Jade was diagnosed with a brain tumour two weeks before her third birthday.
She underwent five brain surgeries and spent 12 months in and out of hospital having “countless amounts” of chemotherapy to survive, mum Hayley said.
“She had a fabulous time,” Hayley said of Jade’s exploring the house and bouncing on the bed on Sunday. “She is quite aware of children that need help and she has a very basic understanding that the house is important and that its going to help other children that are sick.”
Jade’s brain tumour is in remission, but if she were to relapse then the family’s first port of call would be the Children’s Cancer Institute.
Australia’s celebrity tradie, The Block host Scott Cam, was there for the reveal on Sunday as an ambassador for McDonald Jones Homes, who led the build, while Newcastle Knights halfback Mitchell Pearce was on hand as an ambassador for McCloy Group, who donated the land.
“It’s not every day you see an entire house built in just 21 days,” Cam said. “It’s remarkable to see the hundreds of volunteers that worked together to make this happen.
“The Build for a Cure home is the ultimate package. It’s a masterfully-built home, finished with professional interior design, immaculate landscaping and high-quality appliances all set in the beautiful Hunter region suburb of Medowie.”
For more information go to: www.buildforacure.org.au.