Charity begins at home auctions

Dec 18 2017

Professor Michael Nilsson and George Rafty

Real estate agency First National Newcastle City has announced the donation of $20,000 to HMRI, raised during their annual Spring Fling auction event.

Principal George Rafty presented the final cheque to HMRI Director Professor Michael Nilsson and explained why the Institute is so close to his heart.

“I have personal reasons for supporting the organisation, with parents on both side of my family having succumbed to cancer and stroke in recent times,” he said. “It is devastating to watch loved ones fight against a disease that researchers may one day be able to cure.”

The Spring Fling spanned four weekends in October and saw 20 homes go under the hammer. Mr Rafty knows the event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Newcastle community.

“The amount of money raised could not have been achieved without the incredible support of the sellers and buyers who enlisted their trust in us. The results have exceeded our expectations and we are sincerely grateful to all those involved in the event.

“We would also like to thank Michael for his continued devotion to improving community wellbeing. It is clear that he genuinely cares about the people he is helping.”