It’s been dubbed Marmageddon – the great Marmite shortage which was sparked off by the announcement from Sanitarium that it had halted production of the spread after earthquake damage to its Christchurch factory.
But all is not lost for people who are partial to the sticky brown spread. Southern Region Young Nationals have come to the rescue of Marmite-dependents who won’t be able to afford their fix.
A media release from their chair, James Rawiri Meager says:
The Young Nationals Southern Region today launched a charity appeal urging people from around the deep south to open their cupboards and their hearts by donating any excess jars of Marmite to charity.
With a Facebook Event called “The Great Southern Marmite Drive”, Southern Chair James Rawiri Meager says that in light of the recent shortage of Marmite around the country, it was important that his team lend a hand to those short on their favourite breakfast spread.
“We’re calling on all people of all political persuasions to join us in collecting excess Marmite to distribute to those who cannot afford to stockpile the silky black gold, and who are not able to pay excessive prices for jars on TradeMe”
With jars of Marmite currently fetching upwards of $60 on TradeMe, Meager says that we must look to charity to make sure local kids and families don’t miss out.
“Good on those who are being entrepreneurial and playing the game of supply and demand, but we think it’s also important to do the right thing and make sure those Kiwi families who are likely to miss out on their Marmite are provided with some form of relief. I’m sure there’s nothing worse than having to tell your distraught 7-year-old that there’s no more Marmite for his toast or sammies”.
The Southern Young Nats will be collecting any Marmite surplus to your requirements up until Sunday 8:30pm. Drop off points around Dunedin, Invercargill, Gore, Balclutha and Oamaru will be finalised shortly and advertised on the Facebook Event “The Great Southern Marmite Drive”.
I’m impressed by this combination of entrepreneurial approach to charitable giving.
The Facebook page
lists drop off points for marmite or other non-perishable food items:
**Dunedin** Office of MP Michael Woodhouse, 333 Princes Street Wed & Fri 9:30am – 3:30pm Clubs and Societies, 84 Albany Street Wed – Thurs 9:00am – 10:30pm Fri 9:00am – 5:30pm Sat – Sun 10:00am – 8:30pm **Oamaru** Electorate Office of MP Jacqui Dean, 42 Thames Street Wed – Fri 9:00am – 3:00pm **Gore** Electorate Office of Hon. Bill English, 15 Main Street Wed – Fri 10:00am – 3:00pm **Invercargill** Electorate Office of Eric Roy, 97 Dee Street Wed – Fri 10:00am – 3:00pm **Queenstown** Electorate Office of Hon. Bill English, 1085 Frankton Road Wed – Fri 10:00am – 4:00pm.
There is more about the Marmageddon story at Channel 9