December 26, 2005


Aussies rise to challenge of Canadian sperm (Anne-Marie Owens, National Post, December 26th, 2005)

Lured by ads in the University of Calgary student newspaper that declared, in bold letters, SPERM DONORS NEEDED, WE WILL PAY, RETURN AIR FARES TO AUSTRALIA, TWO WEEKS ACCOMMODATION, DAILY ALLOWANCE, the unusual call-to-arms was a bit of a no-brainer for healthy, young university students with the desire to travel.

But a strange thing happened once the campaign went public.

This is the story of a small fertility clinic that announced it was going to Canada to look for sperm and unwittingly provoked so much Australian male pride that it suddenly found more than enough donors domestically.

After several years of failing to raise enough donors in Australia, despite advertising widely, Reproductive Medicine Albury found the intense publicity about its other-side-of-the-world sperm search last year delivered a new batch of homegrown donors.

Not to be outdone by Canadian donors, it seems, Australian men reacted to the campaign as a point of pride. "It was a bit of, 'What? Isn't Australian sperm good enough, then?' " says Dr. Scott Giltrap, director of the fertility centre.

Good to see those Aussie men are still stepping up to the plate to protect home and family.

Posted by Peter Burnet at December 26, 2005 11:40 AM

Maybe their seeking girlie men instead of what's available Down Under.

Posted by: obc at December 26, 2005 12:52 PM

Note they went to Calgary and not Vancouver, Montreal or Halifax. Maybe they wanted the manliest Canadian men available? (Sorry, I couldn't resist. But doesn't this sound like a bit of a hoax?)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 26, 2005 3:01 PM

Well, Raoul, the choice of Calgary may indeed have something to do with aiming for a certain overall manly robustness, but I'm still surprised you aren't miffed enough to call up this clinic and ask them what's the matter with Kansas.

Posted by: Peter B at December 26, 2005 4:45 PM

I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK...............

Posted by: Sandy P at December 26, 2005 5:21 PM

I had a reply all ready to go, touching on points from market research to harvesting costs to Australian sheep and Kansas farm-boys to Albertans being "man-enough" to Gary Glitter... But I decided it was in such bad taste that some self-censorship was in order.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 26, 2005 10:51 PM

Saddle Dome envy, more likely.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 27, 2005 4:07 AM