Two’s company, three’s a crowd … so the saying goes.
But not if you’re lesbian couple Chelsea Cameron and Grace Whitaker, both 23, who have “sold themselves” to the highest bidder on Trade Me to fund a volunteer trip to Nepal.
But it’s all above board. The women, from Lower Hutt (near Wellington) in New Zealand, listed a one-off three-way date, available anywhere in the country, on the online trading site.
The winning bid of $400 was made by Chris Scott, of Upper Hutt, who will have to dig a little bit deeper as part of the deal is that he will also have to pick up the tab for the actual date itself.
The couple, who are busy organising other fundraisers, will put the money towards the $2000 they need to pay for the trip’s program fee, which covers their stay and meals with their host family.
Chelsea told stuff.co.nz they had been working hard to pay for other expenses, such as flights, vaccines and insurance.
Struggling to find items to sell and quickly turn into money, Chelsea came up with the novel idea.
“I was browsing on Trade Me to get inspiration on things I could sell but I couldn’t think of anything, and then it just sort of hit me,” she said.
Chelsea acknowledged the auction was a little out of the ordinary but said the pair had no concerns about their safety as the date was listed as “strictly of a PG nature”.
“The date is with me and Grace together, of course, a date of the winner’s choice, whether it be dinner, a picnic or a movie.
“I guess it is sort of like a blind date, but I mean if someone is willing to sponsor us for charity and take the time out to meet us and find out more about what we are doing I think they are worth meeting.
“We might even make a new friend.”
While in Nepal, Chelsea plans to teach English and Grace will volunteer as a medical elective.