Mini moment for principal

LSARAH DUNN
Last updated 10:20 06/02/2014
yellow BMG Mini
MARION VAN DIJK
GOODBYE PORK PIE? Martin Reid with some of the last raffle tickets for the yellow BMG Mini restored as a fundraiser for the Nelson Cancer Society. The car was won by Levin's Trevor Jeffries.

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A crew of Wakefield men have raised nearly $100,000 for the Nelson Cancer Society by raffling off a restored yellow Mini, but their effort has come at a price - the Mini may leave Nelson.

Retired mechanic Bob Croy bought the 1975 Morris Mini Mark 3 for $750, recruiting John Bruce, Martin Reid, Dal Stewart, Nick Harrison and Chris Tonkin to restore it for the 2014 Relay for Life.

The men, calling themselves the Caffeine Crew, have been working on the car since 2012, and profits from the raffle will go to the Nelson Cancer Society.

A number of businesses, including Bowater Motor Group, added their muscle to the project.

Parts for the car have been provided, and others donated prizes for the raffle.

The fundraising efforts got under way in November.

Senior constable Peter Cobeldick drew the winning tickets at Wakefield police station last Thursday, selecting a ticket purchased by the principal of Levin Intermediate, Trevor Jeffries, for first prize.

Trevor and his family visited Nelson for the Woollaston Jazz & Blues Nelson Festival, picking up the winning ticket at the Nelson Market.

He said he had not given much thought to what he would do with the car if he won, he simply wanted to support the Cancer Society.

Linda Lucre, centre manager for the Nelson Cancer Society, said the Caffeine Crew had done an amazing job.

"It shows you what a group of people can do when they club together, have a common interest and [are] keen to use their expertise and contacts."

The remaining raffle prizes were won locally, with Nelson woman June Wright winning a travel package worth $18,000; Richmond's Debbie Smith scoring a weekend at Awaroa Lodge in the Abel Tasman National Park; and Brightwater's Lavinia Livingston being awarded a Hanmer Springs package.

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