From Backyard Chook to Golden Egg

Trading Up Charity 1egg1world

1egg hits the G-Spot

Us chicks were super excited to head back to our home in G-Town, however not as excited as the boys….maybe because we promised to take them on a tour of the G-Spot….our mistake I guess :)

However through all of this excitement it was business as usual, with the Geelong Independent jumping at the chance to interview the towns most famous chickens!

Geelong Independent

Eggs for charity: Students Andrew Fincher and Josh O’Meara plan to turn an egg into $1million for charity through a clever trading concept.

Picture Tommy Ritchie

From Backyard Chook to Golden Egg

By Alex De Vios

THREE ambitious Geelong students are trying to turn an egg into $ 1 million in the name of charity.

They’re not magicians, so they’re relying on a simple trade system to make their dream come true.

Deakin University’s Josh O’Meara said the aim of the project, 1egg1world, was to raise $1 million to support overlooked charities.

“We’re really passionate about charities and we thought this was something we could do while we were still studying,” the 22 year old said.

“We know it’s a pretty crazy achievement but we’re hoping we can get a few companies on board.”

He said the fundraising initiative was inspired by Canadian Kyle McDonald, who traded one red paperclip for a house via 14 trades in one year.

The architecture students, who refer to themselves as chickens, kick-started the appeal in November 2008 by trading an egg, laid by one of Mr. O’Meara’s Geelong West chooks, for a Coneheads CD.

The album was traded for a board game Boggle, the game for a travel guide, and the guide for a digital camera and alarm clock.

The camera and clock were traded for a Toyota Camry that was sold at the wreckers for $100.

A charity barbecue raised a further $400 that was then traded for a signed Sir Donald Bradman cricket bat (valued at $2000).

“It’s a pretty interesting and unusual charity and we really hope we can reach our goal,” Mr. O’Meara said.

He said the money would be donated to these charities – Cool Australia, EarInfoNet and OrphFund.

“They are a bit over-looked and are really doing some great work.”