Henley Philanthropy
Henley Philanthropy

Flinders Medical Centre - South Australia
Date:   October 6, 2004
Country:   Australia
Project:   Henley Properties Home of Hope


With rock legend Jimmy Barnes putting in a special guest appearance and over 500 people expected to be there on the day, the no-reserve auction of the Henley Properties Home of Hope on Saturday October 16 is set to be one of the hottest auctions in the Southern districts.

In an extraordinary display of generosity, prestige home-builder Henley Properties has donated a stylish two-storey four bedroom designer home to help raise money to purchase vital Neonatal equipment for the Flinders Medical Centre.

Built on a generous block on Quinliven Road, Aldinga the home is beautifully landscaped and features elegantly designed and spacious living & family rooms, an impressively large master bedroom with ensuite, walk-in robe and balcony as well as three double bedroom sized rooms for the rest of the family.

The Henley Properties Home of Hope will be sold at a no-reserve auction at 12.30pm on Saturday October 16. Valued by the builder at more than $335,000, the no-reserve auction is set to be a heart-starter on the day as the auctioneer will be instructed to sell regardless of the final price!

Meanwhile, Australian rocker and father-of-four, Jimmy Barnes has also generously agreed to be the patron of the Henley Properties Home of Hope by lending his name, his valuable time as well as his song "When Something is Wrong With My Baby" which features in the advertising campaign.

Jimmy Barnes, whose youngest daughter was born premature at only 26 weeks, will make a special guest appearance on the day of the auction to warm-up the crowd with a half-hour acoustic set. The auction-day festivities will commence at 10am with face-painters, balloon clowns and a free MIX 102.3 sausage sizzle and guest appearances by the Adelaide Quit Lightning basketball players.

The Henley Properties Home of Hope is the first of five homes that Henley Properties will be donating to the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation over the next five years.

Media supporters Channel 7 Adelaide and Mix 102.3, who have donated many hundreds of thousands of dollars in promotional air time to the campaign, will also feature on the auction day with 7’s newsreader John Riddell and MIX 102.3 personality Karen Prater hosting the proceedings during the day.

Flinders Medical Centre is the second largest maternity hospital in South Australia and each year, the Neonatal unit cares for over 700 sick and premature babies. 200 of which are admitted to Neonatal intensive care.

Flinders Neonatal Intensive Care unit is only one of two in South Australia. Babies admitted are critically ill or very premature and require breathing support, close monitoring or intravenous feeding. While cared for by expert staff, sophisticated machinery is often required to monitor and support these newborn’s progress.

Deborah Heithersay, FMC Foundation General Manager says the sale of the Henley Properties Home of Hope will help make Flinders' dream come true.

"The money raised from the sale of this amazing home at Aldinga will enable us to purchase vital neonatal incubators and equipment needed to look after the tiny babies that are admitted into the neonatal ward on a daily basis.

"New equipment like the incubators will provide the most sophisticated and state of the art equipment for the care of these sick and premature babies in the neonatal unit".

The style of home being built as the Henley Properties Home of Hope is coincidently called the Flinders and a display home of the Flinders can be seen at Marine Place, Seaford Rise. It is currently open Monday, Wednesday and weekends from 11am to 5pm.

The Henley Properties Home of Hope is currently being built on Quinliven Road at Aldinga, will be open for viewing from early September on weekends from 1.00pm to 5.00pm.

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