Fundraising fun is stayin' alive for city accountants
A group of 34 accountants from Christchurch washed cars, sold cakes and boogied their way down the streets of Kaikoura on Friday to raise money for the Kaikoura Hospital.
The team from Marriotts Chartered Accountants had no idea what they would be doing as they boarded the train in Christchurch on Friday morning dressed in their best 1970s gear.
Christchurch councillor and event organiser Aaron Keown said the idea was to incorporate a team building exercise with the old school values of a fundraiser.
A cake stall and car wash were set up on Beach Rd while a flash mob stalked the streets stopping to dance to 70s music to raise funds for the building of the new hospital.
Marriotts chief executive Graham Russell, dressed in his father's authentic 1974 New Zealand Commonwealth Games uniform said the idea was to support the Kaikoura community and have fun while doing it.
"It's a little bit of giving back - that's the key," he said.
"We've taken it back to the 70s and those good old values of New Zealand."
The accountants were impressed with the glorious weather and the support from the Kaikoura community was "just great".
A total of $1109.60 was raised by the fundraising efforts, which was topped up to $2000 by Marriotts, Mr Russell said.
The group continued their team bonding at a murder mystery night held at Donegal House and headed back to Christchurch on Saturday.
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