Home and garden tour raises $98k

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Home owners Andrew and Sharyon Ralph opened up their home to the public as part of the Ray White Home and Garden Invercargill Tour 2020. PHOTO: LAURA SMITH

A RANGE of homes and gardens were on display last weekend during the Ray White Home and Garden Invercargill Tour 2020.

The event, which was held to raise money for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Southland Hospital, consisted of 13 properties from the Invercargill area.

Built over 100 years ago, The Church 1914 is nearly ready to be used as a home for an Invercargill couple. PHOTOS: LAURA SMITH

Homes on show were varied; from grandiose converted churches to spacious cul-de-sac living, there was something for every attendee to appreciate.

Event attendees Julie Dawkins and Andrea Hope said they were enjoying looking around each of the homes.

Ms Hope said she found it quite inspiring for getting ideas for her own home are some really clever storage ideas”.

They both said the gardens were beautiful.

One of the properties, The Church 1914 on Ness St, was nearing completion of the conversion from a church to a residential property aim was to open it as a luxury bed and breakfast.

Andrew and Sharyon Ralph began the conversion 10 years ago and hoped to complete it by the middle of the year.

One of the Waikiwi home’s gardens was a highlight to the property; visitors noted its beauty during the Ray White Home and Garden Invercargill Tour
2020.

Ray White tour co-ordinator Jackie McKenna said the event was a success and had a “very positive response”, with $98,000 raised on the day.

About 700 people visited the homes and 120 volunteers ensured the day went as smoothly as possible.

Ronald McDonald House South Island chief executive Mandy Kennedy said the amount raised surpassed all expectations and showed just how important the Family Room was to the Southland community.

The Ray White Home and Garden Invercargill Tour 2020 offered people a chance a glimpse at selected properties and homes.

“This was an absolutely phenomenal event and we are truly humbled by the effort that went into this from Ray White Invercargill, the homeowners and sponsors to make the Home & Garden Tour such a success.”

She said the family room had served as a “home away from home” for more than 800 families since it was opened in 2013.

“Fifty-two percent of those who stayed at the Family Room were from the Southland community, with the remainder coming from Queenstown, Lakes Districts and Otago this really was a community fundraiser.”

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