Selling Houses Australia

Selling Houses Australia: Family of MH17 victims donate proceeds to charity

The finale of season 10 of Selling Houses Australia followed the story of Roger and Jill Guard, victims of the Malaysian Airlines tragedy in 2014.

Andrew Winter, Shaynna Blaze, Charlie Albone and their team renovated the Guard’s family home near Tawoomba in regional Queensland.

The home - a sprawling block set amongst picturesque bushland - had been the childhood home of siblings, David, Paul, and Amanda Guard, and the tranquil place their parents resided for some 30 years.

Tragically, Roger and Jill Guard were on the fateful Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which was brought down over the Ukraine in 2014.

Of discovering the heart wrenching news of her parents passing, Amanda said, "I knew they were on a Malaysian flight that night so I had a pretty good idea it was them. So we didn’t have to be told we kind of knew."

Roger Guard was the head of the pathology laboratory in the Toowoomba Base Hospital and Jill worked as a GP and helped with a lot of community organisations in Toowoomba such as Meals on Wheels and the Trams organisation, which looks after Sudanese refugees.

"We all do feel every day that we were very lucky to have had them as parents," said Paul.

Two years after the tragedy the time had come for the Guard children to pack up their loving parents' things and sell the family home.

"We really decided we had to sort out this house," Amanda said. "It was getting to the point we really, really need to move on, sort it out and sell it."

After the home’s Selling Houses Australia transformation, the 12-acre block fetched $150,000 above the asking price, selling to buyers Maxine and Dale for $900,000 prior to auction.

"We absolutely love the block, the aspect, the house is gorgeous. It’s open. It’s not complicated," said Maxine.

The children decided to donate $20,000 each from the proceeds of the sale to charity.

"We have decided to give some of the proceeds from the sale to Medecins Sans Frontieres because mum and dad lost their lives in a conflict zone overseas," Amanda said.

"They both were doctors and Medecins San Frontieres, they try and save lives in conflict zones."

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