Simon Wi Rutene offers ski lessons to help fund Tongan recovery

updated By Stefan Dimitrof

An invitation from former Olympian Simon Wi Rutene has offered a limited opportunity to a generous contributor so he can raise funds for Tonga's recovery from a volcanic eruption.

"It's social infrastructure devastation. I'm supporting it cause I have an affinity for volcanoes and I have a daughter who is Tongan and it's one of the many campaigns that Unicef runs."

The lucky winner of his Trade Me auction will get a full day advanced skiing lesson with the four-time Olympian, who has worked with some of New Zealand high performing athletes. "It's just going to be a fun day," he said.

Simon is the Unicef Aotearoa’s Aio Rangatira on the board of trustees and is supporting the ‘To Tonga With Love' charity auction.

Rutene said in a Facebook post, “Kia ora, I invite a generous person, or persons, to contribute to a worthy cause to help Tonga recover from the recent volcanic eruption”.

“Let’s enjoy a beautiful day in the alpine environment. This will be a unique super nature experience and an opportunity to discover the magic freedom of spirit that exists in all of us.”

There are currently 34 auctions ranging from a number of unique experiences, master classes or items to raise the funds.

Go to this link if you would like to look at the auctions and support the cause.