A Dublin couple who are raffling their home “for the price of a haircut” have pledged to donate over €100,000 of the proceeds in memory of a relative who died by suicide.
Keith Mooney and his wife Lisa launched the raffle for their spacious three bedroom apartment in Lucan last month with tickets costing just €17.50.
Keith previously told Dublin Live: “People are really struggling at the moment in the property market, either paying extortionate rents or struggling to pay the mortgage.
“From our point of view there’s going to be a family or a single person who can finally own their own home.”
Keith sadly lost his brother Stuart to suicide 15 years ago and has pledged to donate a huge portion of the proceeds of the raffle to mental health charities.
He said: “As part this raffle we are looking to raise up to €100,000 for mental health charities in Ireland.
“My brother Stuart died at the age of 24 having struggled with his mental health for many years including addiction problems.
“With so many of our friends and family having being affected by similar issues we wanted to try do something positive in a time of so much negativity.”
Pieta House will receive €55,000 and Keith is launching a poll on the raffle’s Facebook page tomorrow asking people to nominate three other Irish mental health charities who will receive a further €55,000 between them.
Keith has lived in the apartment for 13 years and hopes to one day open a rural retreat for people battling with addiction and mental health problems.
Short term, he is hoping to get a property with enough space to build a granny flat for his or his wife’s parents, so they can “look after the people who are closest to us”.
The 1,500 sq feet apartment, which is valued at €360,000, will come fully furnished to the lucky winner.
The property is described as having: “Three extra large double rooms, with the master bedroom en suite.
“Built in wardrobes in each bedroom, very large and spacious living room and kitchen, a very large hallway including 2 additional storage rooms, 2 balcony’s, one of which leads to a communal garden shared by 2 other apartments in a private walled garden.”
Keith hopes winning the beautiful home will change someone’s life.
He said: “Being rent free, mortgage free, for the rest of your life basically. It’s something that can change someone’s whole life.”
The winner will be picked either when all 60,000 tickets are sold, or on 20 February 2022, whichever comes sooner.
The winner will also receive €10,000 cash while a number of other cash prize draws have also been confirmed.
More details about the raffle can be found here.
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