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Harcourts South Australia launch interactive ‘Cubby House Project’ to help homeless youth

The Harcourts Foundation, Harcourts South Australia and the Salvation Army have partnered to create the Cubby House Project, an interactive fundraising program for the Burlendi Youth Shelter, which provides emergency short-term accommodation for homeless children, 15-17 years old.

The Cubby House Project gives people the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind cubby houses for their family and give back to their community at the same time.

Four cubby houses have been hand-built by the Salvation Army’s Men’s Shed, and will be auctioned off at the Harcourts South Australia Quarterly Awards event on Thursday 19 October at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Three of the four cubbies purchased that evening by Harcourts franchises will be decorated and re-auctioned in their own local communities. The fourth cubby will be auctioned directly on the night to a private owner.  All funds from the auction will go directly to Burlendi Youth Shelter through The Harcourts Foundation.

“Supporting the community we live in is a core value for everyone at Harcourts,” said Harcourts South Australia CEO Andrew Friebe.

“While our day to day business is helping people sell or rent their home, sadly each day there are many children who do not currently have a place to call their own home.”

“This Cubby House Project is wonderful because it helps multiple projects and communities – both the Men’s Shed who built the cubbies and the Burlendi Shelter who will receive the funds.”

Burlendi Youth Shelter is located in the Northern suburbs of Adelaide. There is a strong emphasis at Burlendi toward independent living skills and residents are encouraged to develop networks within the wider community.

Clients are initially housed in the shelter, and when they have sufficient living skills, they may move to an on-site unit. This is a helpful ‘stepping stone’ to full independence, allowing space and opportunity to grow, but with 24-hour access to staff support.

Harcourts South Australia was recently awarded the 2017 REISA Community Service Award, in recognition of their work with the Harcourts Foundation and the impact their contributions have on local communities.

Photo: The ‘villa cubby’ style is one of four cubbies for auction on 19 October during the Harcourts South Australia Quarterly Awards. All proceeds will support the Burlendi Cubby Project.

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