Bid for last jar of black gold

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By SUE FEA

Or­phans Aid In­ter­na­tional is hop­ing Mar­mite lovers will dig deep in this week’s bid­ding for its last 250 gram jar of the pre­cious black gold. Or­phans Aid chief ex­ec­u­tive Sue van Schreven said when they heard of the im­pend­ing Mar­maged­don short­age ear­lier this year they bought about 40 jars to auc­tion on Trade Me as a fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive for the char­ity. ‘‘We left some on the shelf as we were con­cerned for Mar­mite lovers, but thought we would have a bit of fun.’’ ‘‘They were sell­ing for a good price but their prices have just risen sharply in the last month,’’ Mrs van Schreven said. Ini­tially, the Mar­mite was fetch­ing $28 for two or three jars but more re­cently that rose to be­tween $28 and $50 for one jar. ‘‘One guy came and gave us $100 for two jars he had won on Trade Me when he was in town on a fish­ing trip, be­cause it was a good cause.’’ ‘‘I think to start with, peo­ple were buy­ing high be­cause it was for a char­ity, but I think now it’s des­per­a­tion. Pantries and car­a­vans have emp­tied out,’’ she said. Un­heard of sev­eral years ago, Mar­mite had be­come so rare it was also now be­ing pur­chased as a gift for peo­ple. Or­phans Aid has made more than $1000 from its Mar­mite Trade Me sales. The last jar, which has a late 2013 ex­piry date, went on Trade Me on Fri­day and Mrs van Schreven was hop­ing it would reach a huge price be­fore it came off Trade Me this Fri­day. The money raised would go to­wards any short­falls in the char­ity’s ex­pan­sion plans for Ro­ma­nia and hope­fully a planned net­work­ing ini­tia­tive with coun­selling students in Christchurch which would see a free coun­selling ser­vice set up there.

Photo: SUE FEA

Spread the news: Or­phans Aid In­ter­na­tional chief ex­ec­u­tive Sue van Schreven with pre­cious Mar­mite be­ing auc­tioned to raise funds.

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