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Local plasterer pitches in to build hospital house

It’s a community effort like no other. The House The Coast Built is relying solely on the generosity of local businesses and families to construct the 6-bedroom accommodation facility for families with loved-ones undergoing life-saving treatment at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

More than 30 local businesses, big and small, have answered the call for help, including local plastering company, OzSet.

The Buderim-based business is only 10-strong but were all too willing to pitch in and help with the local legacy project. They’re donating their time and resources to do all plasterboard wall and ceiling linings for the large house in Birtinya.

OzSet Managing Director, Sharon Canavan, felt compelled to help Wishlist’s plight to build affordable hospital accommodation after attending the 2018 Wishlist Spring Carnival.

“I attended the Spring Carnival and wanted to help such a wonderful charity and cause.

“When I was 17, a close family friend’s daughter was hospitalised with Leukemia in Melbourne. The family were able to stay close by at Ronald McDonald House and it made a big difference to them,” said Sharon.

The experience stayed with Sharon, who went on to volunteer her time to help-out at the House where she could.

“I volunteered with children at the Ronald McDonald House and saw first-hand the amazing impact accommodation close to their ill loved-ones had on families.”

Wishlist CEO, Lisa Rowe, said it’s stories like Sharon’s that has sparked an overwhelming community response to the accommodation project.

“Our primary focus is to keep families together at a time when the support of loved ones is needed the most, and anyone who has found themselves in this situation will know how important that is.

“For many families finding affordable accommodation close to the hospital is very difficult, especially for extended periods of time. Building The House The Coast Built will create a haven for families to return to after long and often very stressful days in hospital. The amazing support we’ve seen from the community reinforces the need for this type of home,” Ms Rowe said.

Wishlist has set up an online shop for anyone who would like to contribute to the project by purchasing a house-hold item for the house. If you can help, visit www.thehousethecoastbuilt.org