Plan Hatched by good eggs
Article by: Kylie Northover
The Age & SMH
THREE Melbourne students are hoping to raise a million dollars for local charities using the age-old technique of trading.
The Deakin University architecture students began their mission with a single egg, which they essentially traded, in a matter of weeks, into $2200 in cash.
Discussing their ”1egg1world” initiative at the launch of the new social networking and community website PlanBig.com.au, where they promote and seek support for their cause, Christopher ”C.J.” Wright, 21, Josh O’Meara, 23, and Andrew ”Finchy” Fincher, 22, yesterday explained how the idea was (literally) hatched when one of their chickens, Hotbox, laid an egg.
The trio took inspiration from Canadian Kyle McDonald, who in 2006 famously turned a single red paperclip into a two-storey house, through a series of trades.
”We’d been wanting to start a community charity, but do something a bit fun, a bit crazy. Then Hotbox laid an egg, so we decided to trade the egg up and up until we get 1 million dollars,” explains Finchy.
”We thought if that guy can get a house in a year, for himself, we’d use the same idea with a proper cause behind it and step it up.”
The initial egg was traded first for a soundtrack album to the 1993 film Coneheads, which in turn was traded up for a game of Boggle.
”We traded the Boggle for Lonely Planet guide to Europe, which was traded for a digital camera and an Islamic alarm clock,” says C.J.
Those two items were then traded, amazingly, for a 1988 Toyota Camry.
”But it turned out it wasn’t that good, so we sold that to the wrecker for $100,” says Finchy.
The three held a garage sale, selling goods donated by mates, and with the money raised from the sale they bought a signed Sir Donald Bradman bat.
The bat was then traded for $2200, which had yesterday almost been traded successfully for a safari trip for two to Kenya.
At their present rate, the million-dollar target doesn’t seem as outlandish as at first glance.
”That’s the genius of the idea,” says C.J. ”It challenges what value things have.”
Once they reach a million, the trio plan to divide the money between three charities – environmental charity Cool Australia, the indigenous health charity EarInfoNet and OrphFund, which provides support for orphaned children in developing countries.
Once they’ve achieved their goal, the three say they plan to branch out.
”This is just the start for us and we have really, really big plans,” says C.J. ”We’re trying to inspire people as well – show people you can start out small.”