Re­al­ity TV stars’ wed­ding rings bring joy to needy kids

Herald on Sunday - - IN OTHER NEWS - By Cherie Howie

Mar­i­tal bliss they did not bring — but al­most 200 kids’ rain­coats or pairs of shoes, they might.

Mar­ried at First Sight NZ’s Haydn Daniels and Luke Ce­d­er­man are auc­tion­ing their wed­ding rings for char­ity.

The An­gela Daniel rings, val­ued at $1400 each, will be listed on Trade Me to­day. The win­ner will also be in­vited to lunch with the men, with all pro­ceeds from the auction go­ing to Kid­sCan.

Daniels, whose ar­ranged re­al­ity TV mar­riage to fel­low con­tes­tant Bel Clarke ended af­ter a frac­tious din­ner party, told the Her­ald on Sun­day the pair were pleased kids would ben­e­fit from some­thing they no longer wanted.

Ce­d­er­man is also sep­a­rated from re­al­ity show wife Lacey Swanepoel.

“We were like ‘we’ve got these rings we haven’t worn much, what are you go­ing to do?’,” Daniels said.

“We didn’t re­ally want them. One, I don’t wear rings. Two, it’s kind of sym­bolic of a shambles.”

Kid­sCan chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Chap­man said they were grate­ful for Daniels and Ce­d­er­man’s gen­eros­ity.

“We hope peo­ple will bid. Ev­ery cent will go to sup­port kids in need.”

The char­ity sup­ports chil­dren at 700 decile one to four schools, with 16 schools on a wait­ing list.

Thirty-thou­sand chil­dren are sup­ported by their food pro­grammes, with a meal cost­ing $3.50 per child.

A to­tal 135,000 rain­coats, pairs of shoes, socks and fem­i­nine hy­giene prod­ucts are each year.

If the rings sold for their com­bined value of $2800, the pro­ceeds would al­low Kid­sCan to buy 186 rain­coats or pairs of shoes, Chap­man said.

The un­usual na­ture of the nup­tials meant nei­ther man was cer­tain exactly what they were sell­ing, but they would find out be­fore the auction be­gan, Daniels told the Her­ald on Sun­day.

“They’re ei­ther ti­ta­nium or plat­inum. I’m not sure of the de­tails be­cause there’s no box.”

Buy­ing a wed­ding ring isn’t some­thing dis­trib­uted you do when you meet your bride for the first time at the al­tar, with TV cam­eras broad­cast­ing your ev­ery move.

But the 31-year-old still hopes the rings ap­peal to some­one, and ben­e­fit a good cause in do­ing so.

“I’m a [pri­mary school] teacher; want to do it for the kids.”

And he did re­turn to the wed­ding aisle yes­ter­day, giv­ing away his mum at her wed­ding south of Auck­land. It was a bit dif­fer­ent from Daniels’ own ex­pe­ri­ence ear­lier this year. “She knows the guy.”

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