Lauren Boyle and a chuffed Waikato Dairy farmer had a blind date on Sunday on Takapuna Beach all in the name of raising funds for Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ).
The blind date involved a private training session with Boyle which was auctioned on Trade Me a few months ago. The fundraising auction was the brainchild of Scott Rice, State NZ Ocean Swim Series, Event Director who says;”I know first-hand from their involvement in the State NZ Ocean Swim Series, what a vital role SLSNZ play in keeping our waters safe and I thought this would be a novel idea to help them raise much needed funds.”
The winner of the Trade Me auction which raised $600 was 50 year old dairy farmer, Shane Robinson from Morrinsville who shared the session with his 15 year old daughter Emma Robinson.
Shane and Emma are looking forward to putting the tips they have learned from Lauren Boyle into action next weekend at the fifth event in the State NZ Ocean Swim Series on 16 March in Mount Maunganui.
Mr Robinson says, “I am really grateful to Scott Rice for this once in a lifetime opportunity to get some tips from one of New Zealand’s best swimmers in the lead up to the Sand to Surf swim next weekend. It’s been an inspirational experience for us both.”
Lauren Boyle says; “When Scott tapped me on the shoulder with this opportunity to raise funds for SLSNZ I didn’t hesitate to be involved. It’s great to give something back.”