House that Coffs built is one from the heart

ALAN and Julie McCabe hope they will be able to move into their own home within the next two months.

And it will be the House that Coffs is Building.

The West Coffs Harbour house is being especially constructed for Alan, who broke his neck while playing in a rugby grand final in 2002, an injury which left him a C4 quadraplegic.

Because it was a sporting acccident, little compensation was available, and the Alan McCabe Trust was formed by the footballer's sporting mates, supporters and local businesspeople to help Alan and Julie to pay for the house, which is specially built to have wheelchair access to all areas.

The project is also being supported by Coffs Coast tradespeople and in June, 231 brickies laid all the bricks for the home in a single day.

Project manager Natalie Hoy said the house was now being tiled, which would be followed by the fit-off of toilets and PC items and the house would be ready for painting in about two weeks.

Tomorrow night what is expected to be the final fundraising event for the house will be held at the Coffs Ex-Services Club when General Peter Cosgrove is the guest speaker at a sold-out fund-raising dinner.

Former Channel 9 TV host Ray Martin will be the MC for tomorrow's dinner and will also take Alan and Julie McCabe to lunch during his visit.

Trust fund-raising co-ordinator Bruce Worboys said several of the footballing Ella family would be among the guests.

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