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Charity goes for gold

Howard Lake | 3 July 2009 | News

An Irish children’s charity has set up a website offering cash for unwanted gold.

The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation’s Goldrush.ie will use the cash to support children with brain damage who require intensive home nursing care.

Web users will be offered a price for their unwanted items net of a 21.5 per cent donation to Jack & Jill. The process will take five days after the gold is received.


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After logging in, users must enter the weight and type of gold they want to sell. An estimated price, after the deduction for the charity, is quoted and the user requests a recycling pack, which is posted out. The user then posts the gold to Goldrush through registered post who then get a master jeweller to carry out a formal valuation.

Users then receive a cheque in the post or their jewellery back. “This is a simple concept that allows people to convert big and small items of jewellery that they no longer have any use for into real cash”, consumer advocate and Foundation support Eddie Hobbs said.

“The best thing about it is that, even after the 21.5 per cent donation to Jack & Jill, the price paid for the gold is very good.”

Jack & Jill is better known for its use of the mobile phone recycling market for fundraising.

The charity was set up in 1997 by Jonathan Irwin and his wife Mary Ann O’Brien, managing director of Lily O’Brien’s, to help young children in Ireland who are born with or develop brain damage and who suffer severe intellectual and physical developmental delay as a result.