Wetsuit raises cash for Japan quake
Published 22/03/2011 | 09:17
A used wetsuit sold on auction website eBay has raised more than £8,500 for victims of the Japanese earthquake after the comedy advert for the "urine-free" garment went "viral" on the internet.
The seller, Daniel Morgan from Truro, Cornwall, was bombarded with offers from manufacturers to add thousands of pounds' worth of items to the sale as the advert spread through social media networks Facebook and Twitter.
The winner of the auction, which ended at 8pm on Monday, walked away with extras including two surfboards, a wetsuit, surfing boots and gloves, a surf magazine subscription, a car roof-rack for a surfboard, a skateboard, a photography session, books, surfing lessons, sunglasses, skincare products, DVDs and concert tickets.
The advert caught people's attention because of the way it described the suit. Mr Morgan even had to set up a website specifically to deal with the more than 2,000 queries he had about the sale.
Mr Morgan wrote: "I bought this wetsuit brand new last year and have worn it a fair bit. When I say 'fair' I reckon about 20 times, but then probably more like 30. A fair few times anyway.
"You're probably thinking 'People p*** in wetsuits, I'm not sure about a second-hand wetsuit', but believe it or not I have never urinated in this suit, seriously, these suits are too good to be doing such a vulgar act in, the wee just ends up staying in the suit and then when you're sat having a post-surf pint in the pub you smell awful and girls don't like boys that smell of p*** so you just sit there, alone all night, sobbing into your pint of Betty Stoggs like a lonely desperate p***-smelling man."
But just days later, things stated to spiral and he posted a new message, saying: "This listing for my urine-free wetsuit is getting a lot of unexpected attention which is nice but I'm feeling I should do something positive, so I've decided to give 90% of the money it makes to the Red Cross to aid their efforts in Japan."
The haul was sold for £8,999, with 95% of the money going to victims of the earthquake that rocked northern Japan and created a powerful tsunami that devastated coastal communities.