INVERCARGILL’S six Rotary clubs had joined together, along with volunteers, suppliers and tradespeople, to build a house with the profits from the sale donated to the Breathing Space Southland Trust (BSST), which provides emergency accommodation and support for homeless people.
The house, constructed by Rutledge Trade Group and with support from SBS Bank and 54 local businesses, sold at auction last week for $615,000.
“We are obviously absolutely thrilled and overwhelmed [at the auction’s final price],” BSST chairwoman Lesley Soper said.
“We are immensely grateful to all the participants. It has been a real people’s project.” Ms Soper said the funds would go towards the general running of the trust and, depending on the amount donated, possibly enable the trust to develop more support programmes for the homeless.