Auction manager Carolyn O'Connor congratulates top bidder Brian Eyre while auctioneer Kel Gibson (right) relaxes after all the excitement.
Auction manager Carolyn O'Connor congratulates top bidder Brian Eyre while auctioneer Kel Gibson (right) relaxes after all the excitement. Leigh Jensen

Top auction bid of $870,000 for Sapphire Beach Rescue House

EIGHT months planning and the generous donation of goods and labour had a happy outcome at Sapphire Beachfront Estate on Saturday.

The highly anticipated auction of the Rescue House, raising funds to help Destiny Rescue in their work in Asia rescuing children from the sex trade, saw a top bid of $870,000 for the luxury home.

Jointly marketed and promoted by The Edge and LJ Hooker, auctioneer Kel Gibson said there were four registered bidders with two of them taking part.

The Rescue House was eventually knocked down to top bidder Brian Eyre.

The man behind the venture, Steve Brown, said the charity Destiny Rescue is dedicated to rescuing children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

"We're not just trying to build a house and raise funds," Steve said.

"We want people to become aware of the problem.

"Assault of children overseas is huge and we are only just starting to see how big the problem is.

"Our main aim is to stop it before it happens and the more people who are aware of what's happening, the closer we get to that goal."



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