With the generous support of our suppliers, Dezign was proud to provide all labour and materials for the electrical installation in this charity home. Including LED lighting and full Fibre to the Home connectivity this project was a great result for a worthy cause!
A YOUNG couple considered themselves lucky first-home owners on Saturday after securing the winning bid for the Casey Tutungi and Tim “Bluey” McGrath fundraiser house.
The four-bedroom house was sold for $410,000 after a number of bids in front of more than 100 people.
Jessica Hansen, 27, of Torquay, teaches Bluey’s daughter at Belair Primary School and her brother Darcy played alongside Casey for the South Barwon football club.
“We really didn’t think we’d get the house today,” Ms Hansen said.
She and her partner Luke Andrews said the result was overwhelming.
Geelong captain Joel Selwood stood alongside auctioneer Bob Gartland, of Gartland Real Estate, as Casey Tutungi’s father Chris and Mr McGrath and his family stood in the crowd.
“I couldn’t think of a better cause to over spend at an auction,” Mr Gartland said.
He said the final price was more than what Gartlands had expected.
Noreen McGrath even joked with Ms Hansen that she might be the lucky owner of the house, before the bidding had started.
There was no hesitation for the opening bid at $320,000, and steady bids finally reached $410,000.
Chris Tutungi said he spoke to his son and partner Bridget who were unable to attend the auction because their first child was expected shortly.
“Casey and Bridget are absolutely over the moon with the result and would really like to thank everyone,” Mr Tutungi said.
“The money will be vital to Casey’s rehab especially when he travels to America next year for treatment.”
Mr McGrath said the effort of Geelong builders and the community in making the generous donation was something he and his family would never forget.
“Once we get home and actually comprehend the enormity of what has happened, we’ll be writing many thank-you cards. It is the least we can do,” he said.
Warralily director Sean Duke and Shojun Concrete boss Simon Farrell said the idea to build a house for Casey and Bluey came about over drinks one night.
“We saw tins being rattled and we thought we’d go one better and it really has brought the community together,” Mr Farrell said.
The project started 12 weeks ago with the efforts of 70 local tradies.
Mr Duke and Mr Farrell said that once the sale had gone through, Casey and Bluey could expect about $130,000 each.