Goal $12,000

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Fundraising for Cancer Council
Cancer Council
Mystery Box Rally 2019
$10,305
Raised
86%
Our Story …

Tom and Murray are really happy to announce that they are taking part in the Mystery Box Rally in 2019!

They both have their stories.

Murray was diagnosed with bowel cancer in January 2017. Since his diagnosis he went through a series of treatments, including radiation, chemotherapy and operations in mid-2018. With the support of his wife Andi and his 4 daughters he fought hard and is currently fighting fit and all clear.

Tom had a small scare with a tumor in his appendix in May 2017. His main inspiration for taking part in the Rally is his mother-in law Arlene who battled with pancreatic cancer for nearly 2 years before passing in August 2018. Undergoing a large operation and a significant number of chemotherapy treatments, Arlene showed an immense fighting spirit and never stopped fighting until the very end.

Although the above were trying times and impacted their friends and family in different ways it has motivated both Murray and Tom to raise money for the Cancer Council, and what better way than driving a little $200 Daihatsu Charade around the country.

They hope you can get on board to support them and follow their journey.

The Mystery Box Rally is one of the largest community lead fundraising events for the Cancer Council in Australia having raised over $3.5 million in the last 6 years. Part of the requirements for the participation is to raise a minimum of $3,500 but they hope to raise well above this amount.

These funds go to the Cancer Council and they are extremely proud to be doing their part to support such a worthy charity. The Cancer Council do some awesome work supporting people with cancer, and funding important research.

Fundraising is the hard part, so any donation you can give is greatly appreciated. Please make sure to follow their progress via this page and the blog post below.

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Here's what I'm doing …

Teams will drive their own 25+ year old cars along a mystery route in this unique 5 day challenge, all in the name of cancer research. The route is a loop starting and finishing at the same location, but all the other details are kept under wraps, only given to the teams each morning.

The rally is not a race – it’s a fun, colourful, unpredictable adventure with participants travelling at their own pace in smaller groups. Vehicles often break down but “we never leave anyone behind” and each night is spent camping beneath the stars and celebrating the day’s achievements. It all adds up to an incredible opportunity to see Australia’s vast and beautiful countryside and make lifelong friends, many brought together after experiencing cancer themselves or seeing cancer impact family and friends.

Since it’s inception the rally has been the largest fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally."

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4 months ago
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This is our chariot. 1983 Daihatsu Charade 3 cylinder auto in good condition (currently)

4 months ago
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kieran smith gave $50.00.
Good luck boys and great cause to be doing this for!
4 months ago
Hey Kieran, thanks mate. You are our 1st donation and have started us on our way.
4 months ago
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Murray Johnson gave $200.00.
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4 months ago
OK - I think this demonstrates the social media and technology learning curve I am on as part of the Rally experience. I couldn't even manage a sensible message when making a donation to support our own team effort. A single letter "P" - pathetic!. Technology will not stand in our way though as we prepare our 36 year old, 3 cylinder automatic for the drive of it's life while raising funds for the Cancer Council (and having a bucket load of fun to boot).
4 months ago
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Peter Kelly gave $200.00.
A small donation but I hope it helps a little in the search for a cure to the curse that is cancer.
4 months ago
Pete, you are a legend. Thanks for your generosity. Looking forward to the catch up on the next postie ride.
4 months ago
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Rick Pobjoy gave $200.00.
Good luck Fella's, and have fun!
4 months ago
Thanks Rick - really appreciate the donation and your support - especially forwarding on the message to your family and friend as well. We're already having fun and we've hardly even started. It's going to be awesome.
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Mem Bektas gave $50.00.
Love the name of your team, very creative.... for an engineer :-P Good luck with the journey
4 months ago
Thanks mate - as per my email greatly appreciated. I will have to think about what it would cost you to put a big sticker of your head on the bonnet.
4 months ago
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Simon Pobjoy gave $50.00.
4 months ago
G'day Simon - thanks for jumping on board. We really appreciate your contribution mate. We'll keep you updated with our antics as we prepare the smallest and least powerful car I've ever owned for the biggest drive it has ever undertaken.
4 months ago
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Adrian Eldred gave $100.00.
4 months ago
Thanks for your support Adrian. Greatly appreciated. I look forward to sharing some progress pics of the "modifications" of the car with the shift 3 guys.
4 months ago
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gary Fogg gave $200.00.
Sounds like a heap of fun and supporting a worthy cause Enjoy!
4 months ago
Thanks Foggy for your generous donation, and your support spreading the message and getting more people and companies interested. Any mechanical advice you have on car preparation would be well received - I'm told the corrugations, the dust and the heat can be relentless!.
4 months ago
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Shane Stewart gave $100.00.
4 months ago
Cheers Shane, your support and donation means a lot and is helping out a very worthy cause....And then you get to hear me tell you all about it at work as well in the months leading up, and after the event as well. Thanks again.
4 months ago
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Grant Gibbs gave $50.00.
Enjoy the experience guys....what could possibly go wrong!
4 months ago
Hey Grant - thanks for the donation mate. We need to spend some time on the car and hopefully we can turn it into a high reliability unit. We will post the progress.
4 months ago
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Dino DiMattia gave $50.00.
All my best!
3 months ago
Thanks Dino for getting on board and supporting the Cancer Council cause (and our adventure) - we really appreciate your donation. Maybe one day you'll get up to the highlands of PNG and I'll share the stories in detail.
4 months ago
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Alex Catto-Smith gave $100.00.
Great stuff Tommy, can't wait to see a photo of the Charade on its roof
3 months ago
Hey Alex. Thanks for the support. We really appreciate it as your donation will be supporting cancer research. Hopefully the Charade does not end up on its roof.
4 months ago
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Ary Rithuan gave $75.00.
Good on ya Tom! Oh by the way the Charade was my driving test car so that goes to say it's one hardy machine! Keep the updates coming!
3 months ago
Ary. Thanks for your donation mate. Muzz and I really appreciate it and we are really excited to be raising money for the cancer council and all the good work they do.
4 months ago
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Patrick Blackmon gave $300.00.
Good luck, hope you make it to the end with that old car.
4 months ago
Wow!, thanks Patrick for your super generous support. Your donation to the Cancer Council cause means a great deal to us and has the potential to make a real difference to those touched by cancer through funding for research and treatment. Hopefully my time working in Maintenance will help ensure our little old car makes it through to the end.
4 months ago
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Brad Boekeman gave $200.00.
Good luck fellows....a great cause
4 months ago
Thanks a heap Brad - your support means a lot to Tom and I and to the Cancer Council. I look forward to sharing the stories with you at work while we prepare the vehicle and ourselves for the greatest drive of this little car's life.
4 months ago
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Jim Pobjoy gave $100.00.
Good luck with the tour Murray. Jim and Sue.
4 months ago
Hello Jim and Sue - great to have you on board supporting the Cancer Council and our adventure getting this frightfully underpowered 3 cylinder, automatic , 36 year old car through a rally that is well outside it's original design parameters. It is going to be a massive amount of fun!
4 months ago
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Nick and Elisha Evans gave $100.00.
Good job lads.
3 months ago
Hey Nick and Elisha. Thanks for your donation. We really appreciate it and are very thankful for the support. We are looking forward to raising some money for a cause we are both passionate about. Speak soon.
4 months ago
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Ryan Davidson gave $150.00.
All the best boys! Great cause and I hope the adventure is wicked.
3 months ago
Hey Ryan, Sarah, Jonathan and Abbigale - thanks for the generous donation. You have helped us get well on our way to meeting the donation target to qualify for the rally. Keep an eye on our page as we will be sure to post updates as the car progresses.
3 months ago
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Hussain Ali gave $100.00.
Good on you mate, have a great time.
3 months ago
Hey Hussain. Thanks for your support. We are really looking forward to the adventure and hope to raise as much money as we can for the cancer council.
3 months ago
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Peter Ronalds gave $50.00.
3 months ago
Nice one PJ - thanks for your donation and support. Another crazy adventure, but this time we have a really good cause to support (the Cancer Council) rather than just being self indulgent. See you soon in Northern Thailand for some motorbike riding.
3 months ago
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John Hayes gave $100.00.
Happy to help boys, glad you’re able to do it. Look forward to the tales.... Hayesy
3 months ago
Thanks Hayesy - really appreciate your donation to the Cancer Council supporting our team. Guaranteed there will be plenty of adventure and tales to be told - 36 year old 3 cylinder automatic cars with a 993cc capacity making 59hp (when new) wouldn't be expected to complete this rally without a few hiccups along the way. I have motorbikes with bigger engines!
3 months ago
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Denis Pesavento gave $100.00.
Tom and Murray. Good luck, have fun and enjoy the adventure.
3 months ago
Denis, thanks for the donation. Really appreciated. You are right, it will be an adventure and a great way for us to raise money for the cancer council.
3 months ago
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Adrian Hare gave $100.00.
I've got an old back brace you can borrow; make sure you take cans and a John Wayne bandana for the bumps and dust; will be looking to follow you on social media.
3 months ago
Hey Adrian. Social media will be coming. We really appreciate your generous donation. Murray and I have been blown away by the generosity in our effort to raise money for the cancer council.
3 months ago
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Simon Barratt gave $50.00.
All the best guys...great cause!
3 months ago
Hey Simon. Murray and I are appreciative of your support. It truly is a great cause and something we are both passionate about. 5 days in our little car should be fun.
3 months ago
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Bernie Ferrie gave $100.00.
Well done boys!! Good Luck Lost many good people to cancer.
3 months ago
Hey Bernie - thanks for supporting the Cancer Council and thanks for supporting us. The big C can certainly be and indiscriminate bastard! Both of us having been in the hands of dedicated and caring cancer treatment professionals and volunteers felt that we needed to give something back to the people that helped us and our families. This Rally was the ideal method (and it didn't hurt that it looks like a bucket load of fun as well).
3 months ago
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Trent Roodenrys gave $100.00.
Legends the both of You
3 months ago
Ripper Trent - thanks for your support mate. Your donation to the Cancer Council is very much appreciated. Of course you being a mechanic and living close by means we expect some practical support as well. We can supply refreshments while you install a new timing. Apparently they should be changed every 150,000km, and the chariot has just ticked over 154K - might be wise for us to install a new timing belt before this arduous challenge.
3 months ago
Ripper Trent - thanks for your support mate. Your donation to the Cancer Council is very much appreciated. Of course you being a mechanic and living close by means we expect some practical support as well. We can supply refreshments while you install a new timing belt. Apparently they should be changed every 150,000km, and the chariot has just ticked over 154K - might be wise for us to install a new timing belt before this arduous challenge.
3 months ago
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Leigh Johnson gave $100.00.
Awesome idea. I’m sure this trip will be an a great experience and be the source of some great stories in the future, as well as raising cash for a fantastic cause.
3 months ago
Thank-you Leigh. Great to have you supporting us and the Cancer Council. You can expect to hear a lot of stories about our preparation and participation in the rally. Hopefully this is just the start of our annual participation in the Shit Box Rally events. By the way, we are looking for some assistance to apply a flame paint job to the chariot.
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We have taken our little chariot for it's first Roadworthy Certificate check (a registration requirement in the state of Victoria). Nothing too significant to fix. We intend to do everything ourselves to keep costs down - so it will be a good chance for us to become familiar with our vehicle. We knew we were going to need a new set of tyres (there's only so much you can expect when you purchase a car for $200). Looking at videos of previous rally carnage I think we will spend a few extra bucks and purchase tyres with decent side wall strength - we saw quite a few pictures of shredded tyres in those videos.   

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Check out the number plate we have for our vehicle

5HITBX

....as in Shit Box Rally

3 months ago
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Neil Radley gave $100.00.
Good luck guys!
3 months ago
Neil, Thanks for your generous donation. Don’t know if you had a chance to look at the video but we are going to have to raise the bar with fancy dress which will hopefully get some laughs. I am sure you would have some good ideas,
3 months ago
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Nicole Dunbar gave $150.00.
Hi Tom and Murray - can't wait to see a picture of you both squashed into the Diahatsu! Good luck and best wishes. Cheers, Niki Dunbar (and Ross, Matty and imminent arrival baby girl)
3 months ago
Hey Niki, Thanks for your donation. We really appreciate the support from you and the family. We want to raise as much money as we can for the Caner Council and the research they do. Yes, it is quite a site seeing us squashed into the little Daihatsu and we will be sure to share some photos. What will be more interesting is when we have it fully loaded with all our camping gear and spare parts!!
3 months ago
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Rob Miller gave $200.00.
Tom and Murray - I really love you blokes......this is a private forum right?
3 months ago
No Rob this is a public forum, but declarations of love are quite acceptable. What we are really excited about though is your donation to the Cancer Council cause and you supporting our rally efforts - really appreciate that mate! Let's take the rest of the conversation off line.
3 months ago
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Daniel O'Driscoll gave $100.00.
Good job lads all the best. Glad your all doing well. Dan O'Driscoll and family.
3 months ago
Thanks Dan and clan for your support and donation to the Cancer Council. We'll be thinking of you doing it tough sipping latte on the Champs-Elysees in Paris while we have the time of our lives travelling thousands of KMs on corrugated dirt roads in a shoe box sipping warm water from a plastic bottle. Appreciez votre soutien!
3 months ago
Thanks Dan and clan for your support and donation to the Cancer Council. We'll be thinking of you doing it tough sipping latte on the Champs-Elysees in Paris while we have the time of our lives travelling thousands of KMs on corrugated dirt roads in a shoe box sipping warm water from a plastic bottle. Appreciez votre soutien!
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To our wonderful donors - please excuse my occasional fumble, spelling mistake and/or double post. I have fingers like sausages and I type like I'm using a hammer. I have to look at what my hands are doing rather than what is happening on the screen. I'm sure you get the main message though - which is....

WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT.

There - that only took 3 proof reads and 4 attempts to get right right.  

3 months ago
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Andrew Williamson gave $200.00.
That thing looks like it would run better on 2-stroke! Good luck fellas. From Willo and family
3 months ago
Hey Andrew - great to have you onboard. The Charade is a 993CC 3 cylinder and will only be run on the best high octane fuel. We are getting really excited about the event and want to raise as much as we can for the amazing work the Cancer Council does. Keep and eye out for us in the next month as we hope to have it on the road and modifications to shortly follow.
3 months ago
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Tim Veldman gave $100.00.
3 months ago
Cheers Tim - really appreciate you supporting our rally effort to raise funds for the Cancer Council. The Cancer Council is a very worthy cause and we are proud to be part of the effort to raise funds for them. Of course it's going to be a lot of fun participating in the rally given we have opted to enter in what is possibly the most inappropriate car available for the driving conditions. What could possibly go wrong.
3 months ago
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Dinesh Sivasamboo gave $500.00.
Good on you mate. Have fun and expect to see lots of wonderful pics. Sounds like an awesome adventure for a very good cause!
3 months ago
Wow Dinesh! - thank-you for being super generous and donating to the Cancer Council, funding all the terrific medical research that they do and the support they provide for cancer sufferers and their families. Thanks also for supporting our rally team - we are already having great fun preparing for the rally and the rally itself promises to be awesome. We will make sure to keep sharing the experience with everyone.
3 months ago
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Winnie Schubert gave $100.00.
WOW - thanks for including me - the rally sounds awesome!
3 months ago
Thanks Winnie for getting behind our efforts to raise money for the Cancer Council, your donation will assist valuable research and support individuals and families dealing with cancer. The backing we have received so far has been terrific - so I think we owe it to everyone to make sure we have an awesome time and to share the fun through pictures and stories.
3 months ago
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Kim Hahn gave $200.00.
Can't wait to see the pictures of you both squeezed into the car!!
3 months ago
Thanks Kim for your generous donation and support for the Cancer Council and of our efforts to raise funds for the cause. Not only do we both have to fit in the car, we also need to include spare parts, 2 x spare tyres and rims, camping gear and bedding, clothes, tools and probably another dozen things we haven't even thought of yet - and being 6'4" I want to have the seat adjusted all the way back (I doubt we'll be able to see out the rear view mirror and we should possibly beef up the shockers on the rear). We will share the photos as we go.
3 months ago
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Andrew Miatello gave $200.00.
Hi Team! All the best for the trip! A very capable beast indeed... a step up from a Hilux some would say ;). Disappointed its not a Shorty, but at least it runs and is not in a million pieces! Looking forward to seeing some Top Gear style shenanigans along the way, and love the plate... nice work! Cheers!
3 months ago
Hey Andrew, Thanks heaps for your donation. No it is not a shorty but it is a pretty short car in general. Top Gear style shenanigans? With two blokes crammed into a 1983 Charade, full of spare parts, camping gear and in a rally that is a complete mystery as far as the route - I am pretty sure it will be a regular Sunday drive. We want to raise as much awareness and money for Cancer Council and the research they do and generous people like you help make it possible.
3 months ago
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Anonymous gave $50.00.
Good fortune Muz and Tom!
3 months ago
Thank you Anonymous, whoever you may be. The silent supporter in the background that we all appreciate but never see. Thanks for supporting the Cancer Council and thanks for taking an interest in our effort to raise funds - you have our gratitude.
3 months ago
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Mal & Robyn Fraser gave $100.00.
3 months ago
Thank-you very much Robyn and Mal for your donation and support for the Cancer Council. You know as much as anybody the impacts cancer has on family, friends and loved ones - and of course being family, you get called on more than most to provide support. Ever since we caught the rally bug we've had our eye on that little Ford Festiva of yours - I think that has a lot of potential for a rally car (maybe next year's).
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Thanks everyone for your support, we have been overwhelmed and humbled by the responses we have received - the financial donations to the Cancer Council have been amazing, as have all the messages of encouragement. 

Originally we started with a target of $3,500.00 (the minimum amount we had to raise to qualify for the rally), pretty soon we lifted our target to $5K, and then to $6K - but we have received that much positive feedback and support that we decided to lift our target to $10,000.00. We've got no doubt we can make this target  to support such a worthy cause - spread the word. Thanks again - Murray and Tom.   

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Some different community type work we have been involved with - this is Murray at a community market in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Purchasing food from the local community to supply to kitchens at work camps in the area. The ladies are happy after a successful market (plus they thought it was hilarious that Murray is modelling some of their traditional craft - Cassowary skull necklace with pig tusks and a stone axe).

3 months ago
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WHEEL BITE gave $50.00.
Right back atcha! 😘🤘🏼
3 months ago
Thanks WHEEL BITE, I think we caught you! See you for some more fun on the dusty track. Cheers.
3 months ago
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Stephanie Freeman gave $200.00.
Best of luck in the drive, Murray!
3 months ago
Thank-you Steph for your generous support of the Cancer Council and our fund raising effort. The mods we are making to are little car without any risk screening or MOC would keep you awake at night! Appreciate you getting behind the cause. Cheers Muz and Tom.
3 months ago
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Derek Saxon gave $100.00.
Such a great cause. You guys have a great time. All the best.
3 months ago
Thanks Derek for your support mate - we are having a lot of fun raising much needed funds for a very deserving cause. The Cancer Council appreciates your donation and so do we. Standby for all the photos and stories
3 months ago
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Mike Coote gave $200.00.
Good luck guys and have a great time,
3 months ago
Hey Mike, great having you on board. It will be a great time and we will most likely need your luck to get the little Daihatsu through this Rally. Thanks for your donation - it will go to supporting the Cancer Council in the amazing research they do.
3 months ago
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David Bradford gave $400.00.
Awesome work gents! Looking forward to the updates along the way.
3 months ago
Absolutely awesome - thanks Dave for your very generous support of our Cancer Council fundraising effort. Really appreciate you getting behind us - and we certainly intent to share all the stories along the way.
3 months ago
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Chris Lawless gave $50.00.
3 months ago
Cheers Lawlo, thanks for you donation and support mate - you know what a deserving cause the Cancer Council is and we hope to make a difference by raising $10K + towards the $1M target through this rally effort.
3 months ago
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Tom Blackburn gave $40.00.
Good luck Muz and Tom - have fun supporting the Cancer Council and participating in the rally.
3 months ago
Thank you Tom for you support and donation to the Cancer Council. I know you’ve owned a fair swag of exotic automobiles in your time, but I’m sure you’ve only ever dreamed about owning a Daihatsu Charade like our little beast.
3 months ago
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Oh No! The fun police have got us!

Our much lauded number plate 5HITBX has been deemed “inappropriate” and “contravening the expectations and standards of the broader community”. After diligently trying numerous combinations of numbers and letters, we though we’d stumbled on number plate nirvana with 5HITBX - but alas, the rug has been pulled out from under us. Back to the creative drawing board while we come up with another dubious letter/number combination. LOW.HP BUZZBX 993.CC POOBOX. MYSTRY SHOEBX Have to see what is available. Let’s us know your suggestions (you have to donate to leave a message though).

3 months ago
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Nathanael Twine gave $100.00.
Looks like an adventure and a great time for a great cause.
3 months ago
Hey Nate. Great you have your support. Agree with you 100% that this is a great cause. Something both of us have wanted to be part of for a while so we are up and about and really excited about raising as much money as we can for the Cancer Council and raising awareness of the great work they do.
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This is the Thirsty Thursday crew. Thirsty Thursday is a weekly get together in our small local community under the pretense of home brew and craft beer appreciation (and we certainly get to appreciate plenty of beer). Thirsty Thursday is also an important opportunity for blokes to get together and discuss men's health issues - cancer treatment, recovery and support featuring all all too frequently unfortunately.

It was at a Thirsty Thursday get together where we accidently purchased our Daihatsu Charade (as discovered via text message the next morning). The Thirsty Thursday team are big supporters of our rally entry to raise funds for the Cancer Council. 

Couple of pictures below show the Thirsty Thursday Head Quarters, and the pit team getting behind preparation activities on the little Charade.

3 months ago
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Colin Little gave $50.00.
go team briag
3 months ago
Thanks Col for you donation to the Cancer Council through our Mystery Box Rally fundraising activities. We really appreciate your donation - and you know what a deserving cause the Cancer Council is. Of course we will do Briag proud.
3 months ago
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richard cullin gave $50.00.
keep on keeping on
2 months ago
Thanks Richard for you donation and support for the Cancer Council and our rally effort, really appreciate you getting behind us. This rally experience will be conversation topic at Thirsty Thursday for years to come.
3 months ago
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Julie Adams gave $100.00.
Good luck guys - you're going to need it ;)
3 months ago
Hey Julie, thanks for your generosity in supporting us and the Cancer Council. The donations from yourself and those like you will go a long way in supporting the Cancer Council in the fight against cancer. Hopefully once we are up to getting the Charade up to rally spec. we won't need luck but time will tell......
3 months ago
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Terry Barry gave $20.00.
2 months ago
Thank-you Terry for donating to our rally effort raising funds for the Cancer Council - really appreciate you supporting the cause. We’ll keep you up to date with all the latest rally shenanigans at our Thirsty Thursday get togethers.
3 months ago
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Theo Tzanatos gave $200.00.
Fantastic cause!! Enjoy the ride and take it easy on the bumps!
3 months ago
Hey Theo. Great to have you onboard. We really appreciate you generous donation and getting behind the Cancer Council. Yes you are right - the bumps will be a concern as the Charade does sit pretty low... and I suspect even lower when we are both in it, with all our gear and all our spare parts. We have not come up with an exact plan to get it a little higher - maybe just a better bash plate will do?
3 months ago
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Rory Mackinlay gave $200.00.
Get-Er-Done Muz & Tom !! All the best - Safe trip
2 months ago
Cheers Rory, thanks for your generous donation supporting the Cancer Council and our rally entry to raise funds for the cause - really appreciate you getting behind us. We’ll keep you up to speed with our adventures getting prepared and participating in the rally. Regards Muz and Tom.
3 months ago
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Justin Bourke gave $100.00.
All the best to you both although not what I would expect to see Murray driving
2 months ago
Thank-you Justin for your generous donation supporting our rally effort to raise funds for the Cancer Council - we really appreciate your support. You would probably expect me to be driving a Valiant - rest assured I have a few tucked away in the shed, but they have become too valuable to use in rally events (who was to know - I should have kept more of them. God knows I destroyed enough of them in my time). Regards Muz and Tom.
3 months ago
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Claire Phelan gave $70.00.
2 months ago
Thank you Claire for you generous donation - your support has pushed our fund raising total past the $7,000.00 mark! Really appreciate you getting behind us and supporting this very worthy cause. Regards Muz and Tom.
2 months ago
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Rod McMillan gave $50.00.
Thirsty Thursday (Red)
2 months ago
Thanks Red for donating to the Cancer Council and supporting our fundraising. We really appreciate you getting behind our rally car entry effort and providing vital funds for cancer treatment research and support. Cheers from Murray and Tom.
2 months ago
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Darren Platt gave $200.00.
I hope the Shih Tzu Diahatsu delivers for you both. Not sure about the height clearance for Muzs melon though? Great cause. All the best on your adventure.
2 months ago
Hey Platty. Great to have you aboard. Yeah it is a sight when we are both in it. We did some test fitting of it over the weekend and we get in ok. Will need to find the space for a radio, cup holders and an esky. Oh and also all our camping gear and spare parts. As you say the Cancer Council is a great cause that we are both passionate about. Thanks for your generosity - we'll post some updates from the weekend.
2 months ago
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Won't Diahatsu Wondering

The weekend started out with excitement in the air as we started to rip through the list of work we needed to do on the car. Some jobs easier than others. The engine bay is now looking like it did when it came off the factory floor and the brake system fully flushed and filled with new fluid.

An engine mount done, a couple of new brake lines and some "engineering" work under the hood to fix any rattles were only part of the day.

The inside is looking great - a bit of glue here and there and the hood liner and carpets look as good as the day they came off the factory floor.

We have lashed out and the old girl is going to get some new rubber. Looking at past rallies and the roads the teams have gone on we think this will be one of our better investments.

Thanks to everyone again for your support. We are blown away and excited to have to all on board. Hopefully we get it on the road soon and will be able to post some pictures and videos of it out and about on its maiden voyage,

2 months ago
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Won't Diahatsu Wondering

To all our supporters - we thank you. With all your support and generosity you have pushed us to the top of the fundraising list. Both of us have been truly blown away by how many of you have got onboard to support.

On a side note, but an exciting note - I have heard rumour that starting tomorrow you may start to see a 1983 Daihatsu Charade driving around down - and yes it will have number plates. Keep your eyes peeled. More to come.

2 months ago
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Dennis browne gave $50.00.
Good luck Muzz .Dennis and Helen Browne .Briagolong
2 months ago
Thanks Dennis and Helen for getting behind our fund raising rally effort and supporting the Cancer Council cause. We really appreciate your donation and support - will keep you up to speed with all the developments at our next Thirsty Thursday session. Cheers - Tom and Murray.
2 months ago
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Tasman Harris gave $50.00.
Good luck gents, the Charade was a shit box when it first came out all those years ago so hopefully you can make the journey without to many mechanical interventions.Unfortunately cancer touches us all in some way and it is terrific to see fellas like yourselves getting out there and raising some much needed funds to help continue the research. Tas Harris
2 months ago
Cheers Tas - love your sentiments mate. Our experience interfacing with all the dedicated and caring people involved with cancer treatment, as well as meeting / conversing with the numerous people and families living and dealing with cancer has been a real eye opener for both of us. These people provided the inspiration for us to become involved raising funds for the Cancer Council - and the support and donations we are receiving has been amazing. As for the little Charade - we figure if it breaks down we could just kick through the floor, pick it up and run with it "Flintstone" style. Cheers from Murray and Tom.
2 months ago
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Peter Woodcock gave $50.00.
Great work guys, looking forward to seeing and hearing about the adventure.
2 months ago
Hey Pete, great to have you onboard. We will be sure to share and update everyone on the adventure. If you go for a walk to the car park today you might be lucky enough to see the beast parked out the front of work. Thanks for your sponsorship - it will go to supporting the great work the Cancer Council do.
2 months ago
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Rodney Hamilton gave $200.00.
Members of the Electrical and Instrument workshop, Rod, Krusic, Blair, Lez, Ewen, Baz, Fez, Dryw, Burto, Cam, Elk, Sparky, Harley, Roo, Don, Bruce, Marques, Richo & Jon. Good luck and great work. After watching the video hope you have some spare tires.
2 months ago
Rod, you are the team are legends. I will be sure to come to the workshop to thank you and the team. Great to have your support. I drove the beast out to work today. Without the risk of exaggerating the 1983 Charade was a smooth ride at 100km/hr. I would go as far as saying it was almost like being on a silk carpet. We are really appreciate your support. Will be sure to share future updates.
2 months ago
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Rebecca Francey gave $100.00.
Good luck in the Charade. Look forward to hearing how it goes!
1 month ago
Hey Bec, thanks for getting onboard. We really appreciate your generosity. You will have to keep an eye out for it at work (or an ear) as we are currently upgrading the original 1983 radio tuner to 21st century cd/mp3 player. Your donation not only helps us get closer to our fundraising goal - it also supports all the great work the cancer council do.
2 months ago
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Derek Phelps gave $50.00.
1 month ago
Derek - thanks for the donation mate. We are currently in the process of installing a new CD player - you would not think the wiring in a 1983 Charade would be complicated but I think the old girl has had some retrofits over time - we may need the skills of an Electrical Supervisor to help us out. On a serious note though your donation will go to supporting all the work the Cancer Council does.
2 months ago
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Martik Berberian gave $100.00.
1 month ago
Marty - how is it going mate? You are the only one I know that has actually owned a Daihatsu Charade. I have good memories of you driving us around Sydney in it (if memory serves me correctly you had the manual model). We really appreciate your support and all the money we raise goes to the great work the cancer council do - something we are very passionate about. It's a shame you are not still in Sydney - we could of popped in with the beast on the way up to Byron.
2 months ago
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Richard Crocker gave $50.00.
Good luck boys, great cause looks like great fun.
1 month ago
Hey Richard - thanks for being apart of what we are doing. It is great to have your support. As we get closer to the start date we might need your skills as a shutdown manager to ensure we have completed everything before the rally. We will be sure to post our progress which I am sure you will enjoy.
1 month ago
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Libby Anderson gave $200.00.
Good luck, go Daihatsu
1 month ago
Hey Libby, great to have to apart of team "Won't Diahatsu Wondering". It really is a great event, you get to drive an old car on roads that it was not built for, meet lots of new people, get away camping with one of your best mates for 5 days and to top it all off raise money for the Cancer Council. Thanks for you generosity, we have now ticked over $8000 and we could not have got there without the support of people like you and all our donors. Thanks!
1 month ago
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Won't Diahatsu Wondering

The little car is growing in reputation. Thanks to the members of the Longford Esso Maintenance I&E team who got together to donate to our cause. It was great to thank all the team members in person last week and we took the opportunity to get a photo together - this is what it is all about.

1 month ago
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Won't Diahatsu Wondering

Ok - some exciting news. Tonight the original 1983 FM/AM radio was removed to make way for a 2019 CD/MP3 player. Also had some help for the young bloke who calls the Charade "Dad's new car". Between trying to make a 2019 CD player fit where the original 1983 one was coupled with my "helper" slowing down work the new one is not yet installed - a job for this weekend.

We have also received the official Mystery Box Rally Stickers and Cancer Council stickers that will go onto the car - more photos to come.

1 month ago
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James Buckingham gave $500.00.
Great cause. Enjoy driving the beast.
1 month ago
James, Nat and Eli - great you have you join the team and thanks for the very very generous donation to the cause. We are really grateful of our contribution. Your donation will go to the Cancer Council who are working everyday towards a cancer free future. They do some pretty amazing research and work. James, a fun fact that your old V8 Range Rover had over 4000cc's more than our little Daihatsu Charade..........
1 month ago
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Esso Longford Employees and Contractors gave $1,000.00.
Best of luck Tom and Murray - from the Esso Longford Employees and Contractors.
1 month ago
Wow - Angela, Danny and the Esso Longford Employees and Contractors thank you so much. Your generosity has blown us away. Your generosity and help supports the Cancer Council in their research that is really making a difference. The Esso Longford Employees and Contractors are an amazing group and it is great to have you all on board and supporting us. I will have to bring the car out to work a few more times - it seems to make people smile. Be sure to keep an eye on our progress.
1 month ago
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Anthony Bassett gave $500.00.
Great cause. Cancer touches everyone in many different ways.
1 month ago
Wow Tony! - thanks for your incredible generosity. We really appreciate your support getting behind our fund raising efforts for the Cancer Council. We have been blown away by everyone’s generosity allowing us to raise more than $10,000.00 so far, and inspiring us to raise our target (yet again). As you say - there are very few people that cancer has not touched or effected in some way, and we are proud to be supporting such a worthy charity. Regards Tom and Murray.
2 weeks ago
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Paul Grey gave $200.00.
All the very best of luck - you going to need every bit of it!
3 days ago
Hey Paul, thanks for getting on board. The Rally is getting closer and we are getting excited. Your donation will help the Cancer Council with the work and research they do to fight cancer. Be sure to keep your eye out for the Charade when you are at Longford.
4 hours ago
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Won't Diahatsu Wondering

Stickers on and starting to look good as we are only 2 months out from the start line.

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