Bid for last jar of black gold
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.
Spread the news: Orphans Aid International chief executive Sue van Schreven with precious Marmite being auctioned to raise funds.