Orphans benefit from $451,000 house auction
By MARY MANN
FRIENDS Marjorie Steinhardt, of Ballina, and Chris Smith, of Goonellabah, are 'still living off adrenalin' after buying a Ballina house auctioned for charity.
They put in the highest bid of $451,000 at the Aussies For Orphans auction last weekend, and helped raise $100,000 for orphans overseas.
"We are so thrilled to be able to help Aussies For Orphans, and to know the money is going to a good cause," Marjorie said.
"When we found out the house was being auctioned we went to have a look at it and fell in love with it.
"So much love has gone into creating it, we thought, let's go for this. But we didn't actually think we had a chance."
The home, at 20 Perkins Close, was built by Lennox Head-based charity Aussies For Orphans with the help of more than 60 local sponsors.
The money raised from the house sale will help fund orphanage projects in Kenya and Malawi, with some left over for a potential new project in Tanzania.
Janelle Gibson, who oversaw the project, was relieved this week that it was all over.
She presented the new owners with a canvas of some of the African children the money will support.
"We were all standing around crying," Janelle said. "I felt for the people who didn't get the home. I wish I had another to sell them."
Janelle is due to leave for Tanzania today on an open-ended, self-funded trip to oversee the Aussies For Orphans' projects.
She thanked all the businesses that supported the auction, particularly Etosha Homes.