Taranaki mountaineer and secondary school teacher Dave Williams has scooped the biggest share of the $25,000 pool offered by the Yealands Family Wines' Raise A Glass To Success campaign.
Six Kiwis on missions that contribute to sustainability or social good made the finals of the campaign, where visitors to the website could vote daily for one person and go into the draw to win $5000.
Williams drew 28.5 percent of the vote and $7139 in cash, which he'll put towards his $100,000 fundraising target of $100,000 for male mental health. The funding will allow him to finish the Sea2Summit7 challenge that will see him climb Russia's Mt Albrus, Europe's tallest summit.
“All of the finalists are doing amazing things to improve their communities and it is humbling to be in such great company,” Williams says.
Among the finalists were musician Iva Lamkum, who secured 9.4 percent of the vote and $2342 to produce her next album, Frank Stationery owner Jason Holdaway, who received $5011 for 20 percent of the vote, Jade Temepara of Hand Over A Hundy with $4192 and 16.8 percent of the vote, Juliet Arnott of Rekindle, who got $3389 with 13.6 percent of the vote, and Elena Keith of Hear for You, with $2924 and 11.7 percent.
Yealands plans to repeat the campaign next year, with details on its Facebook page.
“We created this campaign to celebrate success and to encourage others to follow their dreams,” says founder and owner Peter Yealands. “While Dave is our overall winner we are pleased that we have been able to help our other finalists get a bit closer to their next goals also.”