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Endeavour foundation’s prize home a winner

Past winners Marjory Carter and Craig Dennison with Endeavour Foundation’s Kirsty Moore

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Endeavour foundation’s prize home a winner

The lottery prizes might be a lot more impressive but Endeavour’s mission is the same as it was 60 years ago – to raise funds for children in need.

From meat trays to Holden cars and a herd of cows, an amazing array of items has helped fund the Endeavour Foundation’s initiatives over the past 60 years.

The latest prize is the most impressive so far – a custom-built home in Maleny boasting stunning views and a pool.

Endeavour Foundation head of lotteries Kirsty Moore says the $2.19 million luxury home shows just how far the Endeavour Foundation Lotteries’ fundraising efforts have come.

“In the early days, we were relying on meat trays and hat parades to fund our valuable programs,” Ms Moore says. “In 1962, we offered our first prize home – a property … on the Darling Downs.

“Before long there were art unions for seaside blocks, sugar cane farms and cattle properties across Queensland.”

She says the homes have changed over the years to reflect the great Australian dream, but the ultimate goal of fundraising has remained the same.

“If it wasn’t for the support of the lottery draws, we would not be able to fund our initiatives, which help provide employment, accommodation and greater social connections for people living with an intellectual disability,” she says.

Endeavour’s lotteries raise crucial funds for the foundation and have been life-changing for many Australians, including Marjory Carter and her family.

Last year Ms Carter, who had been renting in Brisbane, won an incredible prize home at Little Mountain. She was then able to use the equity to purchase a home for her daughter, who is a single mum. “My daughter has four children, three of them are autistic and have a lot of special needs. Winning meant that I could give her a home, and she didn’t have to move from rental to rental,” Ms Carter says.

The Maleny prize home is set on 3071 square metres and dark wood floors, integrated appliances and Velux skylights.

It is one of the most expensive builds that Endeavour Foundation has ever committed to and building designer Peter Taylor says the home is a showstopper.

“The house is absolutely stunning and has captured the incredible views,” he says.  “It has a strong connection to the outdoor living verandahs and pool, and the indoor spaces are very inviting.”

To celebrate 60 years, Endeavour Lotteries is conducting a number of promotional giveaways throughout the ticket sale period. This includes the 6 Decades of Lotteries Daily Draws from May 30 to June 4. Prizes include a $2000 Freedom Furniture voucher, a $2000 JB Hi-Fi voucher and $2000 cash.

The property is open for viewing at 155 Tallowwood Street, Maleny. Get tickets at endeavourlotteries.com.au or call 1800 63 40 40. Entries close on June 9 at 10pm.

About Endeavour Foundation

Endeavour Foundation was founded in 1951 by a group of parents of children with intellectual disabilities with a desire to create more educational options and opportunities. These opportunities help to build independence, confidence and self-esteem, and contribute to a sense of well-being and connection with the community, while building essential skills for daily life.

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