Donations pour in for Tyson and Rachel
Fri, 07 Sep 2012 12:15p.m.
By 3 News online staff
Tyson Hill and Rachel Rasch from TV3's The Block NZ may have lost out in last night's live auction final, but they've won the hearts of many New Zealanders.
Fans have so far donated more than $1200 and a trip to the Gold Coast to the good-natured couple, the only one of the four teams to fail to make a profit when their North Shore properties went under the hammer.
Their renovated property sold for $798,000 – exactly the reserve, meaning they left the show empty-handed.
But Flight Centre has stepped in, arranging a five-day family holiday to the Gold Coast.
Their son Otis said he would be happy if they made $50, but he'll be getting a lot more than that - Target co-host Brooke Howard-Smith is soliciting donations for Rachel and Tyson on Twitter and Facebook, saying he already has over $1200 for the family to spend on their trip across the ditch (details in the link).
"They've worked their ass off, been away from their boy and deserve a little more," Howard-Smith wrote on Twitter. "Spend the $ on a holiday? They would be free to donate the money to a cause if they want, or put it towards their family's future?"
They have also had offers of a guitar for Tyson, cheese, a private movie screening and spa treatments.
Last night's winners were siblings Ben And Libby Crawford. Their house sold for the highest amount – $961.000 – and they walked away with $157,000 in profit and $80,00 in prize money. Watch the final episode on demand on TV3.co.nz.
Hamilton couple Sarah Adams and Richard Boobyer's property sold for $870,000, netting them $64,000. Taranaki couple Ginny Death and Rhys Wineera's property sold for $805k, pocketing them $11,000.
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7/10/2012 5:18:24 p.m.
10/09/2012 1:39:49 p.m.
my heart went out to rachel and ty..i thort that was pretty sad that they walked away with nothing esp since they are the only couple who has a child..and were away from him for 8 to 9weeks...they were the down to earth couple and so were rhys and ginny...public thort it was slack they walked away with nothing and gave donations.. See nzers do have a heart
9/09/2012 8:58:28 a.m.
As a kiwi living in Sweden, this show has been by weekly treat :-) From the very first episode I said to my Swedish partner that if I lived in NZ still, Rach and Spicy Tysy would be the sorts of friends that I would like to have.
While I admired the various talents of the others at different points of the show, it really was R&T that were the most loveable couple. I felt so gutted for them after the result. Maybe the outcome would have been different if everyone was on an even playing field- ie all house/interior and exterior novices with no experience of things that had to be done. Loved B&L's style but they always had the edge due to their experience.
Rach if you are reading this, you totally rock. Otis is so lucky to have you as a mum and you and tyson are a fab couple. Hugs from Sweden!
8/09/2012 8:56:46 p.m.
I think Ben & Libby should have share half n half to the last 2 couples using their prize money...it would have made total sense!!!
8/09/2012 1:33:27 p.m.
why are some of you people so heartless??? why should racheal and tyson miss out.... they shouldnt! its not like they were experts at building, i think they did the best they could and put in 110% into the project! i hope the donations keep pouring in as they really deserve it! what a gorgeous couple.
8/09/2012 1:24:49 p.m.
Rachel and Tyson, what a lovely couple you are, the kind of people you would love to be your friends. You most certainly deserve something for all your hard work and putting your lives on hold to make a show that much nicer. I agree that contestants who are designers shouldn't be put up against amateur DYI's, no matter how nice they are. Good luck to you both and your lovely little boy
8/09/2012 1:06:44 p.m.
Danielle, you mean competition!! anyway, i reakoned they made the show and they deserve a bit of luck
8/09/2012 8:19:38 a.m.
Many have posted for and against Rachel and Tyson, but I am against donating money to them. They entered a GAME and they lost - plain and simple. All this talk of Sarah and Rich being poor sports etc, hey, they PLAYED the game, they needed a house to be painted and there was no way THEY themselves could have done it.
For me, the two homes I would like to live in: Sarah - Rich and Ginny and Rhys.
8/09/2012 7:27:35 a.m.
Ruby Jenkins wrote:
This is awesome i really hope more donations will come in go rach and spicy tysy
8/09/2012 12:09:56 a.m.
they may have known what they were getting themselves into, but the fact is that they deserve these donations, why should they miss out when they put just as much hard work into building the property as all the the other contestants. for those of you talking down on rachel and tyson and calling them losers, well get your facts straight as they won the hearts of nz and the only losers are those of you saying it! i hope they get lots of money from the donations they deserve it!!! Rachel and Tyson congrats as you are both winners! you guys enjoy your well deserved holiday!!!
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