A gift to build a foundation for the future
One of the most significant gifts we have received was a house in Central Ballarat. Home to a long-term Ballarat resident, the house was left as a gift in a will to (then) Ballarat Health Services. Through the generosity of many local Ballarat businesses, the house was renovated and prepared for auction at no cost to the health service.
The result of the auction was above market expectations, and all funds raised are now being used as a cornerstone donation for the redevelopment of Ballarat Base Hospital.
Sarah Masters, Head of Fundraising and Engagement, highlighted what the auction means for patient care in Ballarat.
“It was a wonderful day for us; knowing that 100 percent of the proceeds of the sale went towards supporting patient care in our community was quite overwhelming. As Ballarat continues to grow year-on-year, this is reflected in the demand for health services. We are humbled and grateful to have received such a significant contribution.”
For the new owners, Alina and Ardian, realising the sale of the house would help the local health service was a bonus.
“We were delighted when we realised that the proceeds of the auction would be going to the hospital,” said Alina. “It completely aligns with our belief that investments should be sustainable and help others, rather than just being about making money. Knowing the proceeds would be going to the hospital made the house purchase very attractive.”
This gift of a simple house is now a legacy. It forms the cornerstone of our work in building a foundation of exceptional public healthcare for our community.