Reality TV stars’ wedding rings bring joy to needy kids
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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