May 24, 2010
Struth! Wedding Plans in the Can
IN his continuing search for the more weird, whacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says a couple who walk the streets at night of their home-town Spokane in America's Washington State to pay for their July 31 wedding, are well on target to reach their goal of raising $4000.
But they're not up to anything illegal: they spend several hours each night gathering discarded aluminium drink cans from streets, parks and rubbish bins around town, and sell these to a scrap dealer with the proceeds going into their "Wedding and Honeymoon Bank Account."
Calling themselves just Pete and Andrea we first mentioned them back in January when they told us of their bizarre scheme, and how at that stage they'd collected and sold 29,000 cans.
This week they told us they'd now reached an amazing 344,000 themselves, plus with the help of friends, relatives, workmates and complete strangers who've heard their story... and now have just 56,000 more to collect in the final ten weeks before their wedding.
And they've had a surprise boost to the wedding celebrations: a group of mates have taken it upon themselves to make and donate enough home-brew beer to slake the thirsts of all guests at the reception.
We hope to let you know in July how it all went…