A keen yoga practitioner, an adventurer and a guy with a ''pretty mean handstand'' are among the men of a Christchurch construction company auctioning themselves off for Valentine's Day.
Up to 20 bachelors working for Corbel Construction have agreed to date whoever bids the most at a fundraising auction in Lyttelton next Friday.
Organiser Kristina Wischnowsky said the event arose after some of the workers bemoaned the lack of single women in Christchurch at the company's Christmas barbecue.
''I said 'I'll get you some girls'. What I'm worried [about] are the fights that are going to happen over our boys.''
The bachelors up for auction include 24-year-old Adam, who is described as an ''outdoorsy'' guy and can ''hold a pretty mean handstand''. Adam is offering a date featuring kayaking and dinner.
Other prospective dates on offer include 23-year-old carpenter Janic who wants to take his top bidder to the Willowbank Nature Reserve for some kiwi spotting, 21-year-old hammerhand Hamish who plans to take his lucky date to the local pet store ''because everyone loves kittens'', and 40-year-old carpenter Chris who is keen on cycling and yoga and has planned a date involving punting on the Avon River and ''possibly dancing somewhere that's shakin''.
''I didn't have to force anyone to do this,'' Wischnowsky said. ''I think we're all pretty lucky because we've got a really good group of groups that work here at Corbel - caring, friendly, eager and passionate.''
Men were welcome to make bids on the night, but all of the bachelors on offer were unfortunately ''looking for girls at this stage'', she said.
''I'm really excited for my boys, I think it's going to be a good fun night.''
Corbel Construction's man auction begins from 6.30pm on February 14 at the Wunderbar in Lyttelton. Entry to the event is free and bidding starts at $25.
Payments must be made on the night, with all money raised going to local charities CanTeen, the Christchurch City Mission and SPCA Canterbury.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/events/726114924074149/
- The Press