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Charity drive success

Tuesday, 31st July, 2012

Organiser Norman Elias and co-driver Mario Nearchou with the 1965 VW Beetle when they were in Broken Hill. Organiser Norman Elias and co-driver Mario Nearchou with the 1965 VW Beetle when they were in Broken Hill.

A fundraising driver to "bug off " cancer has been successful with the organisers reaching their destination.

The "Bug Off Cancer Drive" began as a thought in February 2010 to drive around Australia, not in a 4WD or modern car, but in an unmodified 1965 VW Beetle.

Organiser Norman Elias said the trip was initially considered as that, a trip. Not a fundraiser for any charity, but something he had been wanting to do for some time.

"The next dilemma was to choose what charity I would like to help. Being a father of two boys, I was seriously considering the Starlight Foundation, as should the unthinkable happen to either or both of my boys, I would want them to have a wish that could come true with whatever time they had left if they were struck down by some disease," Mr Elias said.

"Also, having lost both parents and many relatives to cancer, I was unsure which cancer charity to support."

Mr Elias said after much deliberation and research, he decided to support the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, as it funded
grants for research into all types of cancers in both adults and children across Australia.

Since Bug Off Cancer! was formed in 2010, they have travelled 7,547km and raised over $18,000 for cancer research.

The most recent drive, which saw the fundraiser come through Broken Hill, has been successfully completed.

"The drive has been successfully completed and we covered a distance of 7674 kilometres over a period of 14 days," Mr Elias said.

"The drive commenced in Sydney on July 8 and continued on to Cobar, Broken Hill, Port Augusta, Coober Pedy, Ayers Rock, Alice
Springs, Tennant Creek, Mt Isa, Longreach, Charleville, Toowoomba, Tamworth and back to Sydney."

Mr Elias said to date, they have raised $15,370.

He said he would like to thank everyone for their support.

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