Where the heart is: Lottery homes changing lives
When's a home so much more than just a house?
For the many thousands of Kiwis who rely on the work of the Heart Foundation every year, the brand new homes given away to the lucky winners of the Heart Foundation Lottery are filled with extra meaning.
The Heart Foundation Lottery has delighted hundreds of winners over the years, but most importantly it raises funds for crucial heart health research, and specialist training for cardiologists.
For a $15 ticket, Lottery participants have the chance to win a brand new, fully furnished Jennian dream home.
Even better, the homes are built in some of New Zealand’s most sought-after spots, while additional prizes of cars, travel and cash create even more chances to win.
Heart Foundation spokesperson Gail McIntyre explains the close links between those who participate in the Lottery, and those who benefit:
“Often supporters are either heart event survivors, or know the devastating effects of losing a loved one to heart disease. This means they’ve experienced first-hand the benefits of the care and support that the Heart Foundation offers. We’re very grateful for the long-term partnership we have with Jennian Homes, their product partners, and everyone who supports our Heart Foundation Lottery through buying tickets.”
Winners wowed by quality
Gerard pressed steel roofs have been atop four of the last five Heart Foundation Lottery homes, and when Lottery #118 is drawn later in 2019, Gerard will feature again.
Gail says the homes get a great response from the public, and from the winners:
“Every Heart Foundation Lottery home is unique, and has a point of difference that compliments its location. We receive lots of positive feedback from visitors to each open home, with most of this about the liveable design, and our winners are always blown away by the quality of the finish, and the stylish décor and furnishings."
Heart Foundation staff find it just as rewarding:
“The handover of each home’s keys to the proud new owners is an occasion that really resonates with our team. It’s at these events that we hear why supporters choose to purchase Heart Foundation Lottery tickets, and most tell us they see the Lottery as a way to make a donation to a cause that means a lot to them. We also learn how life-changing this win is to them and their families.”
Heart disease is the single biggest killer of men and women in New Zealand, Gail says:
“The way to minimise the impact is to continue funding heart health research and train cardiologists, meaning we face a constant need to fundraise. Sadly, each year we’re turning down about 50 promising applications for research and training grants because we simply don’t have the funds to support them. What if one of these grants could fund the next big breakthrough?”
The Heart Foundation Lotteries have become established as a unique, fun way for the public to show ongoing support. Together with Jennian Homes there have also been popular new events such as the annual Mothers’ Day Walk / Run events around the country, to raise awareness for womens’ heart health.
Watch video below to see more of Heart Foundation Lottery prizes #112, #113, #115, #116 and upcoming #118 featuring Gerard pressed steel roofing.
Meet some of the recent winners on the Heart Foundation Lottery website.
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