Mys­tery date pays off

Central Leader - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABA­DIA

An­dri­jana Milosavljevic had plans for Valen­tine’s Day but who she would spend the evening with was a mys­tery.

The 26-year-old lawyer and her two friends Anthony Plant and Ivan Stew­ard came up with the idea of us­ing their sin­gle sta­tus to their ad­van­tage to help raise money for their Ox­fam Trail­walker team.

They set up an auc­tion on Trade Me and let the win­ning bid­der pick who they wanted to spend the evening with.

It was a close re­sult with a girl who was bid­ding on Mr Plant miss­ing out by $1. Miss Milosavljevic was sur­prised to find out that the top bid­der was her univer­sity friend Michel Vacaru, who bid $200.

‘‘It wasn’t as creepy as it could have been. Part of me would have liked the po­ten­tial for a laugh if it had been a ran­dom but it was also a bit of a re­lief that it was some­one I knew,’’ the Eden Tce res­i­dent says.

Mr Vacaru is in a re­la­tion­ship so there’s zero chance of ro­mance be­tween the two, she says. But she touched that he made the bid.

‘‘It was re­ally lovely. We had good chats about life and how ev­ery­one is from uni,’’ Miss Milosavljevic says.

The date was spon­sored by Non Solo Pizza in Par­nell.

The three friends are no strangers to vol­un­teer­ing.

Mr Stew­ard has been in­volved in not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions and last was had year he rode the en­tire South Is­land on a bi­cy­cle to raise money for a con­ser­va­tion group in Mada­gas­car.

The Trail­walker event ap­pealed as some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent, the en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tant says.

‘‘Ox­fam ob­vi­ously do re­ally good work. The trail is well pub­li­cised so people get be­hind it and it’s a cool team build­ing ex­er­cise.’’

Miss Milosavljevic has also raised money for World Vi­sion as well as for an in­de­pen­dent trust in In­dia.

‘‘We all en­joy set­ting goals and do­ing some­thing which makes a dif­fer­ence,’’ she says.

The four mem­ber Ox­fam group, known as The Pro­claimers, have a goal of rais­ing $5000 for the 100km Ox­fam trail, held on April 5 and 6 in Taupo.

Good cause: An­dri­jana Milosavljevic auc­tioned her­self off for a Valen­tine’s date as a fundraiser. Her univer­sity friend Michel Vacaru won the auc­tion.

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