Big-hearted Dave’s $30,000 message


A year ago, generous Queenstowner Dave Black vowed to donate his annual salary to a breast cancer charity. 

True to his word, the Ben Lomond Horse Treks owner has now handed $30,000 over to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. 

Black’s promise to raise money for the charity was sparked after losing his sister Sonia to the disease almost five years ago. 

The 38-year-old credits the support of locals and staff for helping him raise the money while he didn’t collect a wage. 

“I have learnt so much about human kindness and I sincerely hope that I have made a difference,” he says. 

“I’m pretty proud of giving back to something which is so worthy. 

“However, money is all well-and-good, but it’s also getting the message to women that breast screening is so important. I hope that by doing this, the message is getting across.” 

Black, who’s single, is a retired successful businessman and shareholder of UK gyms and health clubs so could afford to donate his Kiwi income.  

After taking over the business in 2011, Black inherited just nine horses and a minibus from the previous owner. 

But the business took off with such force he realised he needed more investment to cope with demand. 

He now has four vehicles, a horse truck, 15 employees and 28 horses. Black now plans to sell the horse trekking business and return to his home country, the UK. It will be sold for whatever the horses and equipment are worth – between $50,000 and $70,000 – and this will go to the Breast Cancer Foundation, not Black. Buyers will also be asked to donate a sum of their choice to the breast cancer charity.