Despite being the subject of an acclaimed documentary, the world's oldest dance crew, Hip Op-eration, are auctioning off a wheelchair to raise funds for a trip to Taiwan.
The Waiheke Island based hip-hop crew, aged between 65 and 94, are the subject of a feature documentary film Hip Hop-eration.
But despite the success of the film, the dance crew have not benefited financially, the group's manager Billie Jordan said.
"This is because you can't financially incent people to be in a documentary - otherwise it compromises the integrity of the film," she said.
"All of us have sold personal possessions and saved for a year to get the money for Taiwan. However, we are still having a hard time raising all the money we need."
Fundraising was made harder by the fact people presumed they received royalties from the film, she said.
"The reality is, we don't. Like all other charities, we have to work for every dime we get. It can be very tough on my members who are all on a pension."
How different the Bridgeway Cinema in Northcote who’ve really taken the group under their wing. They offered the cinema free for the first preview of the film and last night hosted a fundraiser for them to raise money to get them all to Taiwan.
Until now it’s been a case of ‘ask not what you can do for the Crew, ask what the Crew can do for you’. So here’s a chance to reverse the situation and get behind our wonderful island ambassadors who are putting Waiheke on the world map. You can make a donation by clicking on the link below at the "Give A Little' website.
Come on Waiheke, let's show we can support the Crew and get them all to Taiwan.