Now in its sixth year, Otago Polytechnic's Charity House
project looks set to pass the $500,000 mark in funds raised
for Otago charities after the latest house is auctioned
Under the initiative, polytechnic carpentry students build a
house for auction, with the profits donated to more than 30
local charities. So far, the scheme has raised about
$465,000, with today's auction set to bring the total to more
than half a million dollars.
This year's four-bedroom home comes complete with an en-suite
and walk-in wardrobe for the master bedroom and is fitted and
furnished with state-of-the-art appliances and fixtures.
It was built on campus in Dunedin to maximise learning
opportunities for the students, two-thirds of whom had no
building experience when they started the task.
Polytechnic carpentry programme manager Graham Burgess said
the success of the initiative was a "real credit to the
students and staff involved".
"There's a real sense of achievement and satisfaction for the
students, especially when they attend the open homes and hear
people comment on the exceptional standard of the properties,
" Mr Burgess said.
Sponsorship from local business was also key to the project's
success, he said.
"These relationships mean a larger profit from the sale of
the house which, in turn, means more money for donation," he
said,The auction starts at 2pm today, at the polytechnic's L
Block on Anzac Ave.
The Charity House initiative won this year's excellence in
community engagement award from the Australasian Association
for Tertiary Education