Just three weeks after building started, the house was complete and ready to show off to the almost 700 people who came along for Reveal Day. It’s landscaped, fully furnished and ready to move into.
The four-bedroom, luxury family home has been built by McDonald Jones Homes at ‘Billy’s Lookout’ Teralba, Lake Macquarie where the land has been donated by the McCloy Group. Every aspect of the home has been donated meaning that every dollar raised will be going towards life-saving research for children with cancer.
The Hunter region community really got behind the project. The frame went up in one day and at one point there were 16 people working on the roof. The rate of progress is a real contrast to many personal home renovation projects that drag out for months and even years!
The home will be auctioned on 23 October with proceeds going to our research. Six of our researchers were at Reveal Day to discuss the translational research we do at Children’s Cancer Institute, making sure our discoveries are progressed into actual treatments for kids with cancer as quickly as possible.
Australia-wide 950 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, around 50 of whom are treated at Newcastle’s John Hunter Children’s Hospital. Childhood cancer research has made a big difference for leukaemia patients treated there and around Australia.
Our research explores the molecules of life such as DNA, RNA and proteins. So, on Reveal Day, kids got a chance to do some hands-on, minds-on science and extract DNA molecules from fresh strawberries at our mock lab, staffed by researchers Max, Hassina and Vicki.