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Home owners to have a ball with 22 tradies

Jun 17 2015

Imagine this lot, and more, at your door for the ultimate reno blitz prize.

One tradesman turning up is good, two is amazing … so imagine the thrill if 22 tradies and labourers arrived on the same day to tackle those tiresome maintenance jobs around your home, rental property, workplace or the local clubhouse!

It’s the ultimate Spring Cleaning blitz in the middle of winter, perfect for those contemplating a professional TV-style make-over or keen to help their community. Stars of The Block 2014, Maxine Stokes and Karstan Smith, will even be providing the expert renovators’ touch.

This unique prize will be auctioned at the HMRI Ball at Newcastle City Hall on Saturday night (June 20), supporting medical research in the Hunter. Ball guests can also bid on a Scenic Tours 15-day European river cruise worth over $20,000, exclusive accommodation in a French villa, artworks including

Aaron Kinnane’s 2015 HMRI Art Series painting, and more.

HMRI maintenance officer Rory Withers arranged the tradies prize and is personally contributing $500 cash for supplies. The winning bidder can have their plumbing and electrical systems spruced up, air-conditioning serviced, the interior and garden beautified, car serviced – even their computer issues sorted by HMRI’s own IT specialists.

From Scotty Cam, host of The Block, comes Mitre 10 gift cards and two signed caps.

All up, the tradies are armed with $3000 worth of gift certificates and in-kind donations, bringing the total prize value to over $13,000! Experts say a much-needed maintenance facelift can double or even triple the amount invested through added property value.

The prize can be redeemed at the property of your choice within the Newcastle Local Government Area – the successful bidder can donate it to a club or community group of their choice.

Thanks to: Precise Air; Murphy’s Plumbing; Stowe Electrical; All Pride Interiors; Anthony Woods Maintenance; Jindalee Indoor Plant Service and Property Services; Terrace Mechanical & Service Centre, TJS Newcastle; Cranky Chef Catering; Jayden and Trae Withers; and HMRI staff Jamie Ambler, Greg Garland, Niki Jones, Shane Johnson, Rory Withers and Bridgette Woods.

Suppliers: Bunnings Glendale and Wallsend; Coates Hire; Dick Smith; K Mart; Lear and Smith; Mitre 10; NHS; TLE Electrical; Whalan’s Nursery; Jarrets Quality Meats.New England Health and the community.