Proceeds from the fourth annual BlackRock Sports Luncheon and Charity Auction will be given to Youngcare, an organisation providing purpose-built apartments across Australia for young people that require full-time nursing care.

In the three previous events combined, the event has raised more than $50,000 from audiences of financial planners through auctions of sporting and music memorabilia. Last year, more than $23,000 was raised for the Ian Healy Foundation.

According to Youngcare, more than 6,500 young people with high-care needs in Australia have no option but to live in aged-care facilities. The first apartments that Youngcare has built are situated in Sinnamon Park, west Brisbane, and were opened on December 8, 2007.

The building houses 14 self-contained apartments with Foxtel and teleconference connections and a shared spa room. Most of the residents in the apartments have multiple sclerosis or motor neurone disease. The building, valued at $6 million (excluding the price of land) was constructed with support from the government and private sectors to.

“This is now a model that can be replicated, and it has to be, in order to deliver options for people to consider other than aged care,” David Conry, chairman of Youngcare, says. The organisation aims to build other purpose-built apartments in each state and territory of Australia, plus in-home assistance, respite care and holiday accommodation for its patrons.

The BlackRock fundraising lunch will take place at Cha Cha Char Wine Bar & Grill in Brisbane on July 11.

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