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Celebrating a Lasting Legacy: The Endless Love for AUSMAR’s Charity Build

 Let’s dive into the story of Jenny, who celebrates her anniversary in the remarkable home she won at auction in January 2012.

5 min read | February 15, 2024 – 7.00am

In a heartwarming testament to community unity and enduring impact, Jenny Goodwin’s story stands as a shining example of the profound difference that the “House The Coast Built” project has made in people’s lives. As we reflect on this heartwarming journey, let’s dive into the story of Jenny, who celebrates her anniversary in the remarkable home she won at auction in January 2012.

Jenny Goodwin

Jenny and her husband Bob were the fortunate bidders on that auspicious Auction Day, and little did they know that their win would signify much more than just owning a home. For Jenny, who also serves as a Nursing Director for the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, this house is not just bricks and mortar—it’s a testament to the community’s commitment to making a tangible difference in the lives of others.

Mrs. Goodwin’s connection to the Wishlist House project goes beyond the house’s completion. She recalls the moment when Wishlist Foundation and AUSMAR announced that the home would be built at Brightwater. The location itself captured their hearts, and Jenny’s persistence in seeking updates from the Wishlist office showcased her passion for the project. The release of the floor plan only intensified their excitement, and visiting the house site became a regular ritual—a testament to their deep involvement in the project from its inception.

When asked about her favourite features of the Brightwater home, Mrs. Goodwin lights up. The kitchen, the pool off the deck, and the enviable location top her list of cherished aspects. But it’s not just the physical attributes that make this house special; it’s the intangible extras that accompanied the purchase. The support extended beyond the home itself, including assistance with furniture removal and enhanced home security—additions that exemplify the extent of the community’s commitment to enhancing the lives of others.

On auction day, nervousness mingled with excitement. The Goodwins’ fervent desire for the house was fortified by the knowledge that their winning bid would contribute to a great cause. The money raised through their purchase would go on to benefit sick children on the Coast, underscoring the enduring significance of their decision.

Dan Sowden, from Ray White Maroochydore, who led the auction back in 2012, echoes the sentiment of the community’s continuous support. The momentum surrounding the “House The Coast Built” initiative has only grown, with passionate bidders eager to take part in the auction. It wasn’t just about purchasing a house; it was about investing in a legacy that uplifted the community and shaped the lives of countless individuals.

The success of the Wishlist project wouldn’t have been possible without our AUSMAR team, the dedication of Wishlist Foundation, over 60 local contractors, and generous suppliers who selflessly donated their time and resources. Every step of this journey has been a testament to the power of community, compassion, and collective action.

Let us remember that the impact of the “House The Coast Built” initiative goes beyond walls—it has created a haven of hope, love, and enduring change. And, just like Jenny Goodwin, many more hearts have been touched by this incredible story, forging a bond that will continue to strengthen the Sunshine Coast community for generations to come.

Read more about our Wishlist projects here.


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