AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 54 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The 4th annual BT Giant Sleepover on 16/17 June 2007 is expected to be the largest ever, when 50,000 children take part across the UK. This would create a new Guinness World Record for the world’s largest simultaneous sleepover while raising an excess of £50,000 for ChildLine.BT has raised £6 million for ChildLine to date, meeting its 2002-2008 fundraising target a year earlier than anticipated thanks to initiatives such as the Giant Sleepover. The 2006 BT Giant Sleepover set a Guinness World Record with 33,093 participants and raised almost £35,000 for ChildLine.This year’s green theme encourages kids to evaluate their carbon footprint prior to the event by logging onto www.btgiantsleepover.com/content/goinggreen.asp and accessing a carbon calculator made especially for children. Discussions about their results as well as ways of reducing their personal impact on the environment will take place during the event through debate, games and puzzles.Anyone wishing to take part can register a group sleepover on www.btgiantsleepover.com or call 0870 240 1640. It costs £20 for a group and £1 per child taking part. Tagged with: Events Howard Lake | 26 April 2007 | News BT Giant Sleepover aims to set new world record About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
This property at 77 North St, Brighton is for sale now for $1.029 million.A FORMER church and Sunday school has become the chief cornerstone in a renovation project to create a two home residence.Jade Bianconi was living in the inner city with her daughter when her mum drove passed 77 North Rd at Brighton on her way to visit friends.“She called me, I drove out that afternoon and put a contract in,” Ms Bianconi said.“At the time I was a young designer and I loved the idea that it was a blank canvas, be it a warehouse, be it a church, and I loved that churches often come with that second hall and that would give scope for another residence.” Brisbane’s auction market fires up FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES This one also came with a steeple and commemorative plaque which dedicated the church to God and both have been retained in the two-and-a-half year renovation.“It’s been a labour of love,” she said. THEN: The church as it looked in the 1950s.The Brighton Baptist Church was built in 1958 and had been used as a home for a year before Ms Bianconi bought the property in 2006. THEN: Outside the Sunday school. The Sunday school at the rear of the 1370sq m block was believed to be an army barracks that was relocated to the site in the 1950s.“I’ve been sent pictures of it as a church in the 1950s and people in their Sunday best and I’ve been told about people who met there and got married there.”With the previous owners maintaining the property in original condition, except for the addition of a small bathroom, a new layout was the top priority and the carpenter on the build gave Ms Bianconi one day to come up with plans to transform her church into a family home.“It was my dad actually, who is now a retired carpenter,” Ms Bianconi said.“He said: ‘I’m busy, what is it that you want to do?’”The final four-bedroom layout centres around a curved wall which separates the church stage area from the rest of the house with a light running along the top of the curve to give it a shadow line. NOW: The new living area.“He brought that wall to life,” she said.Within the wall are two Gothic archways which have been built over the original stage steps and lead to a bedroom with an adjoining dressing room. THEN: The church as it was set up for a service.“The raised (stage) floor was chipboard so we covered that floor with epoxy resin that I had used from my background as a shopfitter and it looks like clouds in the floor.”Windows and doors have been replaced and original timber floors polished, and the church foyer is now a sun room with diamond windows which have given the home its new Italian name, Villa Diamante. NOW: The diamond windows in the foyer.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoThe office or front bedroom used to be the church crying room, with a window overlooking the hall so mothers with crying babies could view the service from a distance.This window has now been enclosed and turned into a chalkboard. NOW: The ‘crying room’ is now a bedroom and study.The ‘church yellow’ colour scheme has been replaced with bluestone and Turkish silver travertine stone which is a colour palette that has set off a trend in the street.By the time Ms Bianconi started converting the Sunday school into a two-bedroom, two-storey house for her parents to live in, she had a husband, a second baby on the way, and was a registered owner builder.“It was a huge learning curve,” she said. NOW: How it looks today with the renovated Sunday school in the background.The school was moved across on the block which was subsequently subdivided with the vacant 460sq m portion of land being sold off.“I worked with Brisbane City Council and town planners and surveyors myself and dad helped with the tradies.”The houses are separated by 12 metres for extra privacy but share a garage and driveway.“I can go a whole week without seeing my parents.”The renovated church and Sunday school, now on 905sq m is on the market for sale through Andrew Botwright of @Realty Brisbane North with an asking price of $1.049 million.