3 June 2019

Raize the Roof charity house off the market after $855,000 purchase

| Lachlan Roberts
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Raize the Roof

Raize the Roof was Danielle Dal Cortivo’s brainchild. Photos: Supplied.

After 10 years, the generosity of more than 400 Canberra businesses and volunteers, and one lucky buyer, Canberra’s Raize the Roof charity house has finally sold.

On Friday 24 May, a local Canberran bought the stunning four bedroom home on Clancy McKenna Crescent in Bonner for the price of $855,000, making a 10-year dream for a pair of local siblings a reality.

In 2009, Danielle and Lincoln Dal Cortivo set to work raising funds and building a charity house from donated materials and labour to raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation and SOS Children’s Villages Botswana, a charity for orphaned children.

Now a decade on, the siblings’ dream has come to fruition and the house has finally been sold.

Danielle Dal Cortivo said the experience has been the most challenging, difficult, inspiring, rewarding and incredible experience of her life.

“We have been absolutely blown away by the generosity of Canberra and we’ll never be able to express our sincere gratitude to the hundreds of Canberrans who have helped to make it happen,” Ms Dal Cortivo said.

“It really is the house that Canberra built.”

The charity house was built and was to be auctioned in October last year. While more than 100 bidders registered for the home’s auction, the home was passed in.

Luton Properties Gungahlin real estate agent and radio personality Jason Roses, who was responsible for selling the house, said he was ecstatic to see the home being sold to the right person.

“It’s been incredible working with raize the roof since its inception and watching the community contribute and build such a spectacular home,” he said.

“We all achieved a strong result in the current market and I’m very proud to have been a part of such an amazing initiative.”

Half of the proceeds from the sale of the Charity House will be donated to the Starlight Children’s Foundation to support seriously ill children and their families in Canberra and surrounding NSW.

The remaining funds will be utilised to support orphaned children in Botswana through supporting SOS Children’s Villages Botswana.

The exact amount of funds raised will be determined once the land is purchased from the ACT Government – the property was built via the land rent scheme.

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