The Block donations reach $14K

19:43, Sep 10 2012
Tyson and Rachel
DISAPPOINTMENT: Tyson and Rachel feels the nerves on The Block auction night.

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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