October 23, 2010 11:00 AM by Allyson Wells
The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan is using his celebrity for a good cause.Â He announced that he will be holding an event to save a beach in New Zealand.Â Phil, who was born in New Zealand, will be holding an event for New Chums Beach at nearby Matarangi Beach.
Phil spoke with the New Zealand Herald about why he is campaigning to save the beach.Â Phil said, “It’s one of the most breathtakingly stunning places in the world.”Â That is a rather high compliment, considering that Phil has traveled all over the world during his time on The Amazing Race such as Ghana, Africa and Sweden on a recent episode.
The New Zealand Herald reveals that the only access to the beach is by taking a half-hour trek wading across a tidal river, climbing over boulders and then climbing a mud truck.Â Phil owns property at a neighboring beach and has spent a lot of time at the beach.Â “There’s something quite magical about coming over the top of that hill, walking through the trees, and seeing the beach that opens up out of nowhere.Â We’re not talking about some beach that’s just run-of-the-mill, that there are millions of in the world.Â We’re talking about a beach that’s one of the best-if not the best-in the world.”
Phil is protesting the proposed construction of 20 houses, boat shed and ramp. “Sometimes you feel like with everything going on in the world you can’t take on every battle and fight for everything you feel strongly about.Â But in this case I don’t feel like that.Â This is just too important.”
Phil hopes that on January 3, thousands of people will join him to form letters spelling a message to raise awareness.
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