Be a sport and bid for Dan’s house
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.
Dan the builder: Wheelblacks captain Dan Buckingham with the Wendy house he helped build for Habitat for Humanity.