Maddie Riewoldt was just 26 years old when she died of complications of a Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome called Aplastic Anaemia.
Throughout her life and prior to her diagnosis, Maddie was a talented sportswoman, passionate about soccer, cricket, surf lifesaving and AFL.
Diagnosed at the age of 21, Maddie fought her battle with inspiring determination and courage. As her fight was ending, she asked her family to make her a promise; Maddie wanted nobody else to go through what she did.
Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision is her legacy.
Every year, around 160 Australians are diagnosed with Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes. Distressingly, most of them are children and young adults.
Together, we #FightLikeMaddie to find new treatments and cures so that people with Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes can live long, healthy, happy lives.
The sale of this incredible house will help us fund much-needed medical research. Someone’s dream home could save lives.
As developers of communities, Balcon Group has spent four decades not only creating places people love to live in, but also building a proud philanthropic history that is paving the way for a brighter future.
Inspired by an indigenous word meaning ‘welcome’, Orana embodies the ideals of harmonious, vibrant, community living in a beautifully landscaped urban setting that retains its connections to the natural environment. Set over a 274-hectare site, featuring more than 4,000 homes and 42 hectares of sprawling green spaces, Orana Clyde North is an invitation to create your best life.
In donating a block of land at Orana, Balcon Group hopes the money raised from the sale will support Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision in its pursuit of greater awareness of Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes, and help fund the research for a much-needed cure.
Fairhaven Homes, a leading affordable home builder in Melbourne, are a passionate partner of Maddie’s Vision. Partnering in 2019, they donated a fully-furnished home with car, with proceeds of the home going straight to research into Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes.
Our No Reserve House & Land Charity Auction was a huge success in 2019 and Maddie’s Vision was blown away by the six- figure sum achieved at the auction in Point Cook.
Bidding for the four-Bedroom Fairhaven house at Truganina started at $400,000, before a local couple secured the keys for $736,000 after competitive bidding at the no reserve auction.
Nick Riewoldt was amazed by the “big-heartedness of the community” and could barely believe the result. “This will help us establish an Australian first National Bone Marrow Biobank that will collect vital tissue and genetic material to support our research efforts to find improved treatments and a cure.”