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Charity home off to a flying start

7 December 2016

If you find yourself in Busselton over the holidays, you might want to drop into Provence where we’ve started work on a special coastal home that will raise much-needed funds to help keep the Royal Flying Doctor Service in the air.

The charming four-bedroom, two-bathroom home, which will be auctioned next year, is taking shape on a 480sqm block donated by Provence Estate, just minutes from Busselton town centre. Our South West team came up with a chic beach-house design that captures the relaxed, holiday-inspired vibe and the lifestyle we love to enjoy in the South West.

We’re expecting the home to be completed in April next year and hope to open it to the public for a limited time before it goes under the hammer. That’s unless an eager buyer snaps it up before the auction! Either way, all proceeds will be donated to the RFDS. Did you know the RFDS evacuated almost 900 patients from the South West alone in the past 12 months?

A story close to home

Stacey Russell, who is part of our new homes liaison team in the South West, was especially delighted when she heard we were getting behind the flying doctors service.

Eight years ago, when pregnant with her second child, Stacey was rushed by the RFDS air service from Bunbury to King Edward Hospital in Perth, where she spent a week before her daughter arrived safe and sound a couple of months later.

She recalls a half-hour flight emergency flight that was “a bit bumpy and rather noisy”.

“As you can imagine, emotions were running extremely high. Not only that, but I hadn’t even flown before,” Stacey says. “However, from the moment I arrived at the airstrip in Bunbury, the RFDS nurse and pilot were amazing.

“I felt a swell of pride when I learned that we were to be building a house to help raise funds for the RFDS.”

Another first for Plunkett

This is the first time that a house has been built in the South West to raise funds for the RFDS, which faces growing demand for both its aeromedical and primary healthcare services.

In regional WA, everyone knows someone who has been helped at some time by the RFDS, says Brian Garavanta, Plunkett’s General Manager for the South West and Great Southern.

“Building the RFDS charity home was a great opportunity for a company like Plunkett – which has been operating in regional WA for more about 40 years, and in WA for more than 100 years – to help the community,” says Brian. “We are very proud to have been asked to assist.”

Perfect for a coastal lifestyle

The RFDS charity home will appeal to a range of buyers, including families and busy retirees. It includes a study as well as a home theatre, and a huge living and dining area. It has been specially designed to allow for side access so that you can park up a boat or caravan before you head off again on a new adventure.

“There’s also a front verandah with space for a couple of chairs so that you can take in the ambience of the man-made lake just down the road and watch people having fun with their model boats,” Brian says.

Not only will the house have views to the lake and a future park, but also it’s in one of Busselton’s most popular new estates.

Featuring more than 36ha of lakes, parkland, playgrounds and picnic areas, Provence Estate has been described as one of the most attractive and affordable destinations in the South West for those looking for a relaxed coastal lifestyle.

RFDS Chief Executive Officer Grahame Marshall told us that the RDFS was thrilled with the support of Plunkett and Provence, adding that specific fundraising initiatives from the regions were always much appreciated. The funds help keep the RFDS at the forefront of innovation in remote health care delivery in WA.

To find out more about the RFDS charity home, call (08) 9780 9333.

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