Two good mates are getting solid support in their efforts to raise money for Cancer Council NSW through participation in the 2017 Mystery Box Rally that will start and finish in Dubbo this month.
Dubbo’s Jason McCoy, 39, owner of JMac Bodyworks, and Darrin Edwards, 38, a manager with Essential Energy, have formed a team called Dubvegas Duo.
The long-time friends took part in the 2015 rally, raising about $8500 for cancer research.
In 2017 they hope to reach, if not exceed, the $10,000 mark and be among the top five rally fundraisers.
On Thursday Mr McCoy told of the support of 16 “local business sponsors” whose names adorn the Dubvegas Duo vehicle.
“We’re just about to hit $9000,” he said “About half is from sponsors and the rest from raffle ticket sales and donations from family, friends and work colleagues.”
The Dubvegas team is motivated by the widespread impact of cancer on the community.
“Since we did the last rally, I have lost some good friends and family again,” Mr McCoy said.
“Unfortunately it does touch a lot of people and that’s why we do get a lot of support.”
About 150 vehicles older than 25 years will leave Dubbo Showground about 9am on November 25 and return about 4pm on November 29.
The public is being encouraged to wave the teams off from the showground and greet them when they return.
Teams will travel to the city from across Australia for the rally founded by Adelaide’s James Freeman whose parents died of cancer within 12 months of each other.
Teams don’t know where they are going until each morning of the five-day rally.
Dubvegas Duo’s journey will be recorded on its Facebook page.
On Wednesday the 2017 rally’s total fundraising tally stood at $538,000.