With the Olympic Games scheduled to begin in just three weeks, the Olympic Torch is making its way around the country at present. As I wrote previously, it went right past my house.
Today, however, a paper imitation of an Olympic Torch is being sold on eBay and, at the time of going to press, bidding had already passed £150K ($230K). ‘Logan’s Olympic Torch Relay’ is raising money for a charity (Let’s Hear it for Deaf Children) that provides dogs for deaf kids.
Logan McKerrow, who is single-handedly responsible for starting a quite amazing sequence of events, is just 5 years old. After hearing that some runners who had carried the real torches had sold them on eBay, he asked his Mum (Kerry) if he could do the same with the paper replica he had made at school. In so doing, he raised £21 ($32.49) which he donated to the charity.
What then happened was that the person who bought the torch was so impressed with Logan’s kindness and generosity that she relisted the item on eBay and also donated the funds to the same charity. That has started a snowball effect with the torch, so far, having been purchased 3 times with each of the three people donating the funds to the charity. The current owner of the torch (Karen) has also listed the item on eBay and the auction is still in progress at the time of writing.
Here’s the journey of Logan’s Torch (so far):
- Logan’s Torch sells for £21. Purchaser relists on eBay
- Torch sells for £61 Purchaser (Clare) relists on eBay
- Torch sells for £56 Purchaser (Karen) relists on eBay
In the process of being sold and delivered across the country, Logan’s torch has so far made its way from Chard (Somerset) to Shifnal (Shropshire) and then on to Gillingham (Dorset). Who knows how many more people will be caught up in the spirit of this unofficial relay and who can tell where the torch will travel next?
Clare and Karen (and the unknown first purchaser), it is a wonderful thing you have done and you deserve every credit. But today, young Logan, YOU are my hero!
You can view the current auction details for yourself here.
Photo via Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
EDIT: Since going to press, Logan’s Torch sold for £10,900 ($16.867).