The Block donations reach $14K

Last updated 12:32 10/09/2012
Tyson and Rachel
PETER MEECHAM/Fairfax NZ

DISAPPOINTMENT: Tyson and Rachel feels the nerves on The Block auction night.

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They walked away with nothing from the auction of their reality TV house, but The Block stars Rachel Rasch and Tyson Hill have certainly captured the hearts - and wallets - of their fans.

The Wellington couple failed to sell their do-up home for anything more than the $798,000 reserve on the finale of the TV3 show last Thursday, but today $14,453 has been donated to them by viewers.

TV personality Brooke Howard-Smith started the social media fundraising campaign just moments after the live auction failure, asking Kiwis to help get the pair's son Otis the $50 he considered to be a winning profit.

Today, Howard-Smith tweeted the final total.

"Thanks to the hundreds of Kiwis that got little Otis his $50. We overshot the mark. As of this morning there was $14,453.22 in the account." 

But Rachel and Tyson said on Facebook today they will donate anything over $11,000 - the profit made by fellow competitors Rhys and Ginny - to a charity of their son's choice.

"We want to say a big thanks to everyone who has supported us over the past few days - your generosity is amazing."

The couple were also given a five-day holiday on the Gold Coast by Flight Centre.

The Block was won by siblings Libby and Ben Crawford, who sold their newly renovated property for $961,000, earning them a profit of $157,000 and $80,000 in prize money.

Hosted by Black Caps cricketer-turned-broadcaster Mark Richardson, the reality TV show aired for nine weeks and followed the couples as they renovated four rundown houses.

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