Build for a cure

McDonald Jones are building for somehing BIG

We are building one of our stunning architecturally designed homes for a great cause.

Childhood cancer is the single greatest cause of death from disease in Australian children*. McDonald Jones Homes is making a difference by building a brand new home that will fund vital research into diagnosis and treatment technologies that will help save the lives of children in Australia facing this terrible disease.

We are joining forces with Austral Bricks and the Wearn Brothers Group to build our popular Havana One four-bedroom design, which will be fully furnished thanks to Freedom and Electrolux. All elements of the Build for a Cure house will be donated, from the plot of land, to the interior design, stylish furnishings, appliances and the garden landscaping, so the lucky purchaser will buy a beautiful home inside and out, and support the Children’s Cancer Institute.

The Details

When: The home was built and furnished over 21 days during International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, with the build beginning on Monday 8 September.

Where: The home has been built in the beautiful area of Glenmore Park, Penrith in Sydney

Build For a Cure House - Forestwood drive, Glenwood Park

Who: Led by our Founder and Director, Bill McDonald, the team from McDonald Jones Homes and our Ambassadors, Scott Cam and Brad and Lara from popular television series The Block, have lent a hand to build the new home.

Bill McDonald, Scott Cam, Brad and Lara

The completed home will be auctioned on 26 October, with proceeds directly supporting Children’s Cancer Institute’s mission to put an end to childhood cancer through their world-class medical research.

“McDonald Jones has made a commitment to making a difference in the communities that we build in. We are building a home for the Children’s Cancer Institute because we believe that children deserve the best possible chance for a long future.” – Bill McDonald

Open House Times

Subject to change – please check with PRDnationwide Penrith.

  • Saturday 11 October 1-2PM
  • Sunday 12 October 1-2PM
  • Thursday 16 Oct 5-6PM
  • Saturday 18 October 1-2PM
  • Sunday 19 October 1-2PM
  • Thursday 23 October 5-6PM
  • Saturday 25 October 1-2PM
  • Or by appointment.

Auction Date

Sunday 26 October, 2014, 2PM on site.

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See what happened on the site

Take a look at this timelapse video created from our livestream camera.

More about the Build for a Cure home

The Havana One
Experience the luxurious Havana One home that has been built for Build for a Cure for yourself by visiting our Display Homes in:

Click here to view the house details online


The Build for a Cure cause

Proceeds of the Build for a Cure project will go towards Children’s Cancer Institute, the only independent medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to ‘childhood’ cancer.
Their research programs bring together recognised leaders in the field under a common aim of ultimately driving improved health outcomes for children with cancer. Their programs focus on understanding childhood cancer to assist in preventing its occurrence, searching for more effective diagnosis, examining better and safer treatment options and ultimately finding a cure for children affected by this disease.
Visit their website for more information on Build for a Cure and the cause.

About McDonald Jones Charitable Foundation

The McDonald Jones Charitable Foundation is a registered charity through which we distribute much-needed funds to a variety of causes across our building footprint. We strive to support those who have supported us by donating funds to numerous organisations and giving back to the communities in which we build new homes that realise the dreams of Australian families.

Wearn Brothers Group, McDonald Jones Charitable Foundation, Austral Bricks, Freedom, Childrens Cancer Institute

With thanks to all our suppliers who have turned this into a reality

Smec Testing TP House Energy Connections Aspect Surveyors
Donovan Associates Sydney West Excavations Digger Dunlop ATF
MacLeans Waste Nicsons Hansons AGM
Advanced Pest Supaloc Bluescope GC Custom Designs
JR Constructions Heights Constructions 7 Steel Building Solutions Minto Home Timber & Hardware
Hudsons Hardware James Hardies Gainsborough Door Furniture H2Enviro
Fibreflash Bradnams Windows Austral Bricks Stramit
Melrose Roofing Clipsal Costa's Electrical CSR Bradford Insulation
Knauf Fornari Interiors Hume Doors & Fixings Dynamic Garage Doors
Caesarstone Polytec Hettich Kitchen Image
Reece Manooga Water Filters Australia Jeldwen
Colortile Dux Taubmans Fernair
Winnings Appliances Colorbond Truecore Parchem
UniqueSpraycrete Bells Carpets Gerfloor Beacon Lighting
Steve Sot Minto Star Sand Supplies Tile Direct Novak Signs
S & D Plumbing and Drainage Blue Circle Cement Treco Steel Signature Landscapes

Project terms: A small allowance of less than 1.5% will be held to cover incidentals. Should these funds not be required during the build phase, these costs will be donated to Children’s Cancer Institute along with the rest of the proceeds.