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Bachelor stars to help in Tauranga fundraiser for Cambodia

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Art Green and Matilda Rice will be hosting the event. PHOTO/SUPPLIED
Art Green and Matilda Rice will be hosting the event. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

A Tauranga charity has raised enough money to give 1479 people fresh water for life in a rural Cambodian village - but it is still hoping to help another 2521 people.

This Saturday, Good Trust is hosting a charity auction, hosted by The Bachelor NZ's celebrity couple Art Green and Matilda Rice. Proceeds will be used to build fresh water wells in Thma Puok, Cambodia.

A well, funded by Good Trust in another rural village in Cambodia. Photo/Jim Grafas
A well, funded by Good Trust in another rural village in Cambodia. Photo/Jim Grafas

So far $42,514 has been raised for the project which will cost $115,000 to complete.

Good Trust co-founder Jim Grafas said each $58 ticket to the fundraiser meant fresh water for life for two people in Cambodia.

The night would include live music from local singer-songwriter Georgia Lines, and national stars Lydia Cole and Young Lyre.

There would also be live auctions including a $500 credit for RPM, a weekend in a beach front property in Ohope, food tours of Tauranga and a coffee machine and grinder from Excelso.

The fundraiser is being used to give a rural town of 4000, fresh water for life. Photo/Jim Grafas
The fundraiser is being used to give a rural town of 4000, fresh water for life. Photo/Jim Grafas

There was also a $20 raffle to win a trip to Cambodia for two with Art and Matilda in April, 2017.

Mr Grafas said he was excited for a great night on Saturday.

"This event marks the end of our four-month project to raise $115,000 and bring water to 4000 people.

"By just buying a ticket, it makes a world of difference for two people for life."

The Bachelor NZ's Art Green said Good Trust was an amazing cause which he and Ms Rice could not wait to get behind.

"What struck us was their 100 per cent model - that every dollar actually goes to the projects, no big overheads. We hadn't come across anyone else like that."

For tickets or more information, please head to www.goodtrust.co/ or visit the Excelso Coffee at 112 Third Ave, Tauranga.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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