Team New Zealand fans are putting their money where their
mouth is, with a just-launched online fundraising campaign to
help support another America's Cup challenge already
Team New Zealand fan Ned Dawson, chief executive of Auckland
company Kia Kaha Media, started the fundraising drive on
Monday morning, with a $1 million goal in mind.
''We'll get that, I have no hesitation whatsoever,'' he said
By yesterday evening, more than $45,000 had been raised from
about 600 individual donations, ranging from just a few
dollars to $1000 each.
Mr Dawson attended some of the America's Cup regatta races in
San Francisco and now helps run two Facebook pages supporting
Team New Zealand which collectively have more than 65,000
The pages were the catalyst for the fundraising campaign,
after fans sent ''message after message asking: 'How can we
support them [the team]?','' he said.
He set up an account online through the Telecom Foundation's
''Givealittle'' zero fees fundraising service, and the money
quickly started flooding in.
The Telecom Foundation would hold the funds for Team New
Zealand until it was ready to launch its next America's Cup
challenge, Mr Dawson said.
''What my goal is for this, it's to get enough money ... to
keep the team together, to pay wages or whatever they've got
to do, so it gives them some breathing space so they can get
the game plan going.''
The link to support Team New Zealand is https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/teamnzac35