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North Sydney accommodation renovation thanks to House Rules

Publish Date: 20/6/2016

The Leukaemia Foundation is delighted to have been chosen as the latest recipient of the Charity Transformation for Channel 7’s renovation sensation, House Rules, which airs at 7:30pm on Monday 20 June 2016.

House Rules contestants took over our Waverton accommodation and in just two short weeks transformed three units and the back garden, creating a modern and functional space for residents.

“It is incredible what the teams have achieved - a huge transformation,” said Chris McMillan, General Manager NSW/ACT for the Leukaemia Foundation.“My favourite part has to be the garden; such a beautiful space for residents to sit or to chat. We were blown away by the talent of the contestants. It was clear that it was important to them all that they create something special for the families who will stay here during weeks or months of blood cancer treatment.”

We were blown away by the talent of the contestants. It was clear that it was important to them all that they create something special for the families who will stay here during weeks or months of blood cancer treatment.”

North Sydney accommodation on House Rules 2016

Blood cancer and related blood disorders can develop in anyone, of any age, at any time. In acute or aggressive cases, the person can require immediate and intensive treatment, often within 24 hours of diagnosis. For those living in regional areas, it means leaving work, school and family and relocating to the city, adding to the shock and emotional turmoil. The Foundation's accommodation service helps ease the burden of relocating for treatment, providing a “home away from home” for patients and carers.

“House Rules is a rare opportunity for Australians to get a glimpse inside our accommodation facilities," said Chris. "In 2016 the Leukaemia Foundation will have more facilities upgraded, built and planned in locations such as

 Melbourne, Canberra and Perth. Much of the funds the Foundation raises through events such as the World’s Greatest Shave and Light the Night are invested into our accommodation services, so it’s great to be able to show our supporters what the service really looks like and the difference it makes to families."

John Reardon, former resident, commented: “I was extremely concerned when I needed to relocate from the bush. I felt like a burden to my family who took turns to be my carer. When we first saw the unit it was such a relief to see that they would have their own private space to make their own. A person’s mental attitude is so important and the accommodation provided by the Foundation ensured I could stay positive by lifting a huge burden from your shoulders to ensure you can heal.”

In the 2014-2015 financial year the Leukaemia Foundation provided 52,893 nights’ accommodation to 969 families across the country. On average people stayed 50 nights (the longest stay was 257 nights).

The Leukaemia Foundation relies on the generosity of business and the community to provide this service at no charge. Please make a tax deductible donation today.

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