Char­ity drives danc­ing celebs to stay on show

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KIND-HEARTED Ki­wis are vot­ing for their favourite char­ity, dis­re­gard­ing the short­com­ings of the celebri­ties on Danc­ing with the Stars.

Viewer Heather Puk­lowski ad­mit­ted she was happy to help out Kid­sline and Ron­ald McDon­ald House, even if that meant back­ing ACT leader David Sey­mour and ra­dio host Roger Far­relly.

‘‘They’re not the best dancers,’’ she ad­mit­ted. ‘‘But it’s about giv­ing back as well as keep­ing them in the spot­light for peo­ple to keep donat­ing.’’

Sey­mour in par­tic­u­lar has copped with­er­ing crit­i­cism from the judges and has sur­vived elim­i­na­tion, de­spite earn­ing the low­est score.

Both char­i­ties had helped her and her fam­ily in the past, and she do­nated reg­u­larly to Ron­ald McDon­ald House af­ter stay­ing there for more than two weeks when her daugh­ter was sick last year, Puk­lowski said.

Char­i­ties sup­ported by DWTS stand to re­ceive a larger slice of money do­nated via the show, af­ter two tel­cos waived their text-to-vote fees.

This sea­son has al­ready sur­passed 2015 in char­ity earn­ings, but broad­caster TV3 is not giv­ing ex­act num­bers.

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