Prize home may be just the ticket

A LUXURY million-dollar apartment comes up for grabs in Byron Bay today.

The fully furnished luxury unit is being raffled as part of the Mater Prize Home Lottery, which raises funds for Mater Mothers’ and Mater Children’s hospitals in Brisbane and the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney.

Last year, more than 880 babies and children from NSW were cared for at the Mater.

The little patients had severe or complicated medical conditions and in many cases would have died without the specialist life-saving care provided by the hospitals.

One of them was Pascal Dattler of Myocum who was seriously injured in a surfing accident at The Pass in Byron Bay.

Pascal was hit in the head by a runaway surf board and suffered a fractured skull and a ruptured brain lining.

He was taken to the Mater Children’s Hospital for emergency surgery, during which seven titanium plates were used to fix the hole in his head.

Pascal, who turns 11 today, has bounced back to health, spending this week at a high-performance surf camp at Cabarita – only now he is wearing a helmet.

His mother, Tara, credits the expertise of Mater staff for saving Pascal’s life.

“It is such an amazing hospital,” she said.

“Everyone was so helpful and friendly, and we are very fortunate to have access to it.”

The lottery unit is the first Mater Prize Home to be offered in Byron Bay..

It will be launched at 14/140 Jonson Street, Byron Bay, between 11am and 1pm today.

It will include a free barbecue, giveaways and the chance to win a $325 hot air balloon ride over the Byron hinterland.

Tickets are $2 each.


The home is open for display, 9am-5pm daily, until June 23.

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