Homes By Orange staff, Jo Neale, second left, David Orange, third right and Tony Broughton, second right, with, from left, SPCA's Jineen Stringer, Child Cancer ambassador Chris Jack and Fifeshire Foundation's Rachel Swarbrick at the launch of Homes by Orange's Build for Charity. Photo: Simon Bloomberg.

Building a home for charity


A Nelson house-building company is planning to give away thousands of dollars to the community when it donates the proceeds from one of their new homes to charity.

Orange Residential Homes was this week rebranded as Homes by Orange and, to celebrate the milestone, launched its Build for Charity fundraising campaign.

The Richmond-based company will build a $258,000 house on a section in the Katania Heights near Brightwater for cost and donate the proceeds of the sale to the Child Cancer Foundation Nelson, Nelson SPCA and the Fifeshire Foundation.

Homes by Orange co-owner and general manager Jo Neale says they do something for charity every year and this year wanted to make it fun by letting the public decide the supreme winner.

The proceeds from the auction will go to the charity with the most votes, with the second and third-placed charities each receiving a consolation prize of $1000.

“Over the years, we have donated cash and time to various charities but this year our team wanted to do something together that would make a significant difference to one charity,” Jo says.

“So, we decided to build and auction the popular Pohutukawa home plan from our favourites range of homes worth $258,000 and donate the proceeds to the charity.”

Jo says they will build the house at cost and challenge their suppliers to help keep construction costs down to maximise the proceeds going to the charities.

Although Jo is reluctant to estimate a dollar value of the proceeds, he says it will be a “significant amount”.

Child Cancer Foundation Nelson ambassador Chris Jack says Build for Charity is a “fantastic idea” and he’s delighted they have been selected as one of the charities.

“It’s cool a company is prepared to do something like this and I’m sure all the suppliers will get behind it,” Chris says. “The more the suppliers help out, the better it will be for the charity.”

Fifeshire Foundation’s Rachel Swarbrick says they are “very pleased to be included” in a fund-raiser that’s “a good fit with our philosophy of locals looking out for locals”.

Jo says the house will be completed by the end of next year and auctioned once it’s finished.

The public can vote for their favourite charity on line at or cast a bonus vote at the Homes by Orange show home at 43 Hill St, Richmond or their offices at 264 Queen St. Voting closes on October 31 this year.