Be a sport and bid for Dan’s house

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

Wheel­blacks cap­tain Dan Buck­ing­ham got his hands dirty for a good cause this week.

The Grey Lynn res­i­dent joined forces with for­mer All Black lock Ian Jones to con­struct a Wendy house to be auc­tioned for Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity.

The project was set up as part of Habi­tat’s ap­peal week.

Mr Buck­ing­ham, who re­cently re­turned to New Zealand af­ter the Bei­jing Par­a­lympics, says he’s done lit­tle man­ual labour since grow­ing up in ru­ral South­land.

“I love that sort of stuff. You can take the boy out of the coun­try, but you can’t take the coun­try out of the boy.”

The pair man­aged to put the rugby-theme kit­set house to­gether in 90 min­utes.

“Ian was just a work­horse. The fun part was paint­ing and de­sign­ing it,” he says.

“I al­ways feel priv­i­leged to be able to con­trib­ute in my own small way.”

They added a per­sonal touch by sign­ing and putting their hand­prints on the house.

“We wanted some­thing bright for the kids to have a bit of fun with.”

Olympians Steven Fer­gu­son, James Dol­phin and Nicky Coles also built houses and dec­o­rated them with sport­ing themes.

The fundrais­ing ef­fort was or­gan­ised by Habi­tat spon­sor Noel Leeming. The com­pany aims to help raise $60,000 for Habi­tat through the an­nual ap­peal.

Mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Ali­son Hutchens says bar­be­cues, morn­ing teas and in­store col­lec­tions have also been held.

Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity works to pro­vide af­ford­able hous­ing by build­ing sim­ple, de­cent homes for 100 New Zealand fam­i­lies ev­ery year.

Mar­ket­ing man­ager Lyn­ley Twyman says the pro­gramme is not a hand-out.

“In ad­di­tion to pay­ing monthly pay­ments, each fam­ily in­vests at least 500 hours of their own labour, called ‘sweat eq­uity’,” she says.

Visit www.noelleem­ing.co. nz or www.trademe.co.nz to bid on the houses. The auc­tion ends at 3pm on Mon­day.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Dan the builder: Wheel­blacks cap­tain Dan Buck­ing­ham with the Wendy house he helped build for Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity.

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