How three mates plan to raise $1million from a single chicken egg… after seeing a man trade a red paperclip for a HOUSE

  • Melbourne’s Josh O’Meara, Andrew Fincher and Christopher Wright started the 1egg1world campaign
  • The group drew inspiration from a Canadian man who traded a red paper clip for a house
  • When they raise enough money, it will be divided up to three different charities
  • They are up to their 14th trade and are looking to exchange 60,000 rolls of toilet paper 

 A group of former housemates have been attempting to trade their way up to a million dollars from a chicken egg to raise money for their favourite charities.

Melbourne’s Josh O’Meara, Andrew Fincher and Christopher Wright began the ultimate trade-off more three years ago when they were architect students in Geelong and now they have $60,000 worth of toilet paper for their 14th transaction.

Mr O’Meara said the trio drew inspiration from Kyle McDonald who also exchange items, starting with one red paper clip, and finally ended up with a house in Canada.

Melbourne's Josh O'Meara (middle), Andrew Fincher (right) and Christopher Wright (left) began the ultimate trade-off more three years ago

Melbourne’s Josh O’Meara (middle), Andrew Fincher (right) and Christopher Wright (left) began the ultimate trade-off more three years ago

Described as a ‘side project’, Mr O’Meara said he and his friends started the ambitious 1egg1world campaign because they wanted to give something back to the community.

‘For me, growing up in Australia, it’s such a lucky country to live in, and having a lot of opportunities, we wanted to give back to people with less opportunities and make a difference to people’s lives,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘We first heard about Kyle McDonald who traded one red paper clip for a house in Canada.

‘We wanted to do something for charity and thought his concept was pretty cool.

The three friends were studying architecture in Geelong when they came up with the idea and have been doing it now for more than three years

The three friends were studying architecture in Geelong when they came up with the idea and have been doing it now for more than three years

1egg1world turn a single egg into 60,000 rolls of toilet paper

It all started with an egg called Chuck Dickens, which was traded off for a Coneheads soundtrack CD

It all started with an egg called Chuck Dickens, which was traded off for a Coneheads soundtrack CD

 One of their trades involved a portrait of Cathy Freeman (centre) painted by Craig Ruddy (second right)
So far, the trio have traded an alarm clock and camera for a 1988 Toyota Camry, and a 14-day African safari for a portrait of Cathy Freeman painted by Archibald finalist Craig Rudd

So far, the trio have traded an alarm clock and camera for a 1988 Toyota Camry, and a 14-day African safari for a portrait of Cathy Freeman painted by Archibald finalist Craig Rudd

‘We later found out his house was worth $40,000 or $50,000, but you might as well go for something big.’

So far, the trio have traded an alarm clock and camera for a 1988 Toyota Camry, a 14-day African safari for a portrait of Cathy Freeman painted by Archibald finalist Craig Rudd, and most recently $30,000 for 60,000 rolls of toilet paper from brand Who Gives A Crap.

‘It is meant to last more than 1,000 years. It would have to be a good company to handle all that toilet paper,’ Mr O’Meara said.

It has been a long labour of love for the group of men who thought it would be a lot easier to raise $1 million for their chosen charities - Cool AustraliaMoringa Project and OrphFund.

They traded 100,000 chicken eggs for $30,000 during their 11th trade

They traded 100,000 chicken eggs for $30,000 during their 11th trade

They have their eyes on a space flight with Virgin Galactic who they hope to do a successful trade after two more exchanges

The trio hope to trade their way up to $1 million so they can donate the money to three different charities

They have their eyes on a space flight with Virgin Galactic who they hope to do a successful trade after two more exchanges

They have their eyes on a space flight with Virgin Galactic who they hope to do a successful trade after two more exchanges

‘We thought more people would come to us, but I never had any doubt it wouldn’t work,’ Mr O’Meara said.

‘As the trades get better and the media get excited about it, it will encourage bigger trades.’

Mr O’Meara said the most surprising trade they had experienced so far was having a Craig Ruddy painting.

‘He’s one of Australia’s very famous artists. He’s a 2010 Archibald finalist. [That] painting sold for $310,000,’ he said.

‘Then we got Cathy Freeman on board, she was pregnant at the time and was trying to keep a low profile, but we convinced her to sit for the painting and it ended up getting into the finals of the Archibalds that year.’

The trio also have their eyes on a space flight with Virgin Galactic.

‘I contacted the CEO of Virgin Galactic and Richard Branson’s previous PA, who both loved what we were doing, and they said to contact them again once we’d progressed further,’ Mr O’Meara said.

‘So we’re hoping to be only a trade or two away from locking something in with them.’

 

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