Rallying for a cause

Nathan (right) and Dale (left) will tackle the rally in their Volvo 240 .

WHO would drive from Melbourne to Townsville in a car that costs $1000 or less?
Wonthaggi man Nathan Leversha is up for that challenge.
Nathan will take part in the spring Shitbox Rally while also fundraising for the Cancer Council.
The 47-year-old motor vehicle enthusiast is excited by the chance to do something new for a good cause.
“I think it’s an amazing opportunity to meet people, see parts of Australia I haven’t seen before, raise money for a great cause and have some fun while doing it,” he said.
Nathan and close friend Dale Thorn form team ‘Bugboys’ and will attempt to go the distance from the 19th to the 25th of October in their Volvo 240.
“We really like VW Bugs but it was pretty hard to find one so we ended up getting this Volvo 240 that was in someone’s paddock”, Nathan said.
“It’s done 300,000 kilometres and everything about it is pretty worn out, but with a bit of TLC it should be alright.”
There is little doubt whether or not the car is bad enough to take on the rally, but with this comes a risk it will not be able to cross the finish line.
“It’s going to be a challenge, but I guess we know if we don’t make it we can get a ride with someone else”, Nathan said.
While traveling thousands of kilometres down some of the nation’s most formidable roads in a ‘shitbox’ may be risky, for Nathan it is worth taking part for a cause he is close to.
“Having family that had cancer and seeing what they went through, it’s something important to me and if we can one day find a cure that’d be amazing,” he said.
“The guy who gave us the car also recently passed away, so it’s a bit of a tribute to him too.”
The Shitbox Rally has been Australia’s top fundraiser for the Cancer Council.
With hundreds of teams joining Nathan and Dale in the spring and raising a minimum of $5000 each, cancer research should receive a huge boost.

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