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Boy turns paper clip into £10,000

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Boy turns paper clip into £10,000 thumbnailOne of Kasperís donations was a piece of iconic Terry Bradley art presented by the artist himself.

IN SIX months, a paper clip once owned by a 12-year-old schoolboy will have generated at least £10,000 for charity.

Annaclone boy, Kasper Andreasen decided to take on the Paper Clip Challenge back in September to raise money so children fighting cancer can receive gifts and treats to make them smile.

The selfless 12-year-old read online about Canadian blogger Kyle MacDonald, who went from a red paper clip which held his CV together to owning a house in 14 trades and set his mind on doing something similar for charity.

Kasper started off with a single paper clip and carried out a series of trades to swap to an item of higher value each time.

Initially Kasper wanted to raise as much money as he could for Angel Wishes and six months on, he was planning to stop at his eighth swop, which saw him go from a Tag Heuer watch to a diamond pendant and earrings worth £2000.

However, after being named runner-up in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council's Youth And Future Talent Awards (YAFTAs) for Inspirational Young Person last week, Kasper is determined to carry on.

Kasper's first swop was to exchange the paper clip for a remote control car from Tesco.

From then the swops went as follows: the remote car to a voucher from Downshire Arms Hotel, Banbridge to a BMX Bike from Cycle Recycle, to a mirror from Downshire Interiors, to a console table from Houstons, to a wedding dress from La Boda Bridal to a Tag Heuer watch from Lunn's Jewellery and the diamond set from Murray and Co, Belfast.

In addition to these swops, a number of businesses have donated gifts for the children, some of which have been sold on with proceeds going to the charity.

So far, £4,000 in cash has been given to the charity including money from selling the wedding dress that Lunn's Jewellery received in their swop and kindly gifted back to the cause.

Shannon's Lisburn donated a £1,000 cluster ring to auction and Untravelled Paths donated an all-inclusive holiday for eight people, worth £3,500, to Transylvania to see the brown bears.

Phyllis, Kasper's mum, said two Angel Wishes families will travel in the summer on this trip-of-a-lifetime Proud Phyllis was delighted to see her son recognised in the YAFTAs for his efforts.

"His school put him in for the award and there were nine others shortlisted but Kasper never expected to get any further.

He was overwhelmed.

"He is chuffed to bits with the award and it just made him feel that he could not give up on the challenge just yet.

"But it's getting harder, now he has the diamonds. As the monetary value increases, it gets harder to swop." The first year student at St Colman's College says he is on swop eight, which "is not too far off from 14".

Kasper spends around an hour every night thinking and exploring new ideas for swops.

If you want to keep up to date with Kasper's challenge you can do so at his Facebook page 'Paper Clip Challenge'.

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