Celebrating 25 Years

About

There is nothing more heartbreaking than hearing about sick children, and there’s nothing more uplifting than knowing we have made a difference to the lives of sick children and their families for over 25 years.

The only one of its kind, this is a project close to the hearts of our directors and all of our staff.

Every year, hundreds of staff members, trades and suppliers donate their time, resources and materials to build a magnificent home that is then sold at a No Reserve auction on Good Friday – with all proceeds then donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital.

The enthusiasm behind the Charity House grows each year, because every Victorian has a link or appreciation for the invaluable service the RCH provides. More than 45,000 children were admitted to the RCH last year, and over 90,000 treated in emergency. That’s in addition to the 255,000 children treated at the hospital’s specialist clinics.

2018 is a very special year for the annual charity house as it is Henley’s 25th year of building and donating houses to the Good Friday Appeal, and the 9th year that Villawood has generously donated land.

The sale of the 2017 home brought the project’s total donations to over $13.8 million from the sale of 38 houses.

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How it started

From the very earliest days, the Directors at Henley have been committed to building a better future for the community in which we live.

When Henley was first founded, the Directors were trying to find ways of donating money to the Royal Children’s Hospital, as they knew of the hard work and difference the hospital was making to so many of their team, trades and suppliers.

Originally, they had set a donation goal of around $10,000, but wanted to explore the possibility of donating something much bigger. They hoped that if they could source donated land, they could lean on their trade and supplier network to build and donate a completed house and land package – raising hundreds of thousands of dollars instead, with every cent donated to the hospital.

This unique idea has since grown to be an initiative both locally in Queensland with the Mater Hospital House and overseas in Seattle, Washington. 2017 saw Henley donate their 67th home to a charitable cause, bringing their philanthropic total to $25 million.

2017 saw Villawood’s philanthropic program donate $1.7 million to over 90 community, charity and sporting groups. The Charity Home Auction is the business’s single largest philanthropic activity and over the past nine years, Villawood has donated land exceeding a value of $2.7 million for the Good Friday Appeal Charity Home Auction.

“We believe it’s such a good thing to do - the right thing to do, and if we manage to save one baby’s life, then it makes it all worth it.” (Rob Bowen, Henley Director).

PAST HOMES & OUR COMMITMENT

The first home, located in Timbarra Estate, Berwick, sold for $136,500, smashing the initial goal of a $10,000 contribution.

Each year since, Henley & Villawood staff, trades and suppliers have been generously providing materials and labour to make the home a reality.

It is anticipated that more than 400 big-hearted trades and suppliers will contribute to the construction of the 2018 RCH GFA Charity Home

The standing record for the RCH GFA Charity Home Auction is Henley’s Emperor 48 design, located in Villawood’s Aspire community, Plumpton. The house sold for a huge $717,000 in 2014.

Year Home Design Location Sold Price
1993 Camden Berwick $136,500
1994 Lodge Sydenham $183,041
1995 Lodge Berwick $334,500
1995 Lodge Copperfields $334,500
1996 Lodge Berwick $349,500
1996 Lodge Roxburgh Park $349,500
1997 Oakridge Berwick $373,300
1997 Oakridge Roxburgh Park $373,300
1998 Oakridge Narre Warren $185,000
1998 Oakridge Roxburgh Park $217,500
1999 Lodge Narre Warren $180,000
1999 Newport Roxburgh Park $241,000
2000 Lodge Sydenham $235,000
2000 Baltimore Roxburgh Park $260,000
2001 Newport Sydenham $302,500
2001 Cheval Lynbrook $250,000
2002 Lodge Sydenham $311,000
2002 Newhaven Lynbrook $275,500
2003 Ascot Lynbrook $302,000
Year Home Design Location Sold Price
2003 Wilshire Cairnlea $382,500
2004 Ascot Lynbrook $345,000
2004 Wilshire Cairnlea $424,500
2005 Ascot Lynbrook $370,000
2005 Ascot Cairnlea $400,000
2006 Ascot Point Cook $395,000
2006 Ascot Cairnlea $460,000
2007 Ascot Caroline Springs $385,000
2007 Ascot Cairnlea $433,500
2008 Wilshire Caroline Springs $502,000
2009 Ascot 483 St Albans $670,000
2010 Kube KM201 Point Cook $635,000
2011 Eclipse Q2 Point Cook $610,000
2012 Sahara Q2 Point Cook $540,000
2013 Sahara Q2 Clyde North $500,000
2014 Emperor Q1 Plumpton $717,000
2015 Sahara Belle Q1 Mickleham $646,000
2016 Emperor Belle Q1 Mickleham $663,000
2017 Palace 38 Mt Duneed $627,500

ABOUT THE GFA

The Royal Children's Hospital has been providing outstanding care for Victorian children and their families for over 140 years.

Recognised internationally as a leading centre for research and education, The Royal Children's Hospital is the specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria providing care which extends to children from Tasmania, southern New South Wales and other states around Australia and overseas.

The Good Friday Appeal is one of Victoria's most widely recognised charity initiatives and represents the hospital's biggest singular fundraising drive each year.

This year, The Good Friday Appeal will celebrate its 86th year of contributing to The Royal Children's Hospital. Thanks to the kind generosity and co-operation of thousands of individuals and companies across Victoria, The Good Friday Appeal has contributed more than $291 million to The Royal Children's Hospital since its inception in 1931. These funds have been used to purchase essential medical equipment, fund vital research projects and provide much sought after scholarships for staff to further their knowledge and experience.

One of the major contributions to The Good Friday Appeal is the annual charity auction proudly supported by Henley and Villawood Properties.

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