Mighty rev for little yellow prize package
Mighty rev for little yellow prize packageADAM ROBERTS
It involves a Mini, but a Wakefield fundraising venture's goals are anything but small.
The organisers of the BMG Mini for the Nelson Cancer Society had their nearly finished creation proudly on display at the Wakefield Four Square for Daffodil Day yesterday.
About 18 months ago, retired mechanic Bob Croy, retired carpenter John Bruce, and tinkerer Martin Reid joined forces to restore a 1975 Morris Mini Mark 3 to raffle for the 2014 Relay for Life, with profits going to the Cancer Society.
The team have also received offers of help from a variety of businesses and groups.
Mr Croy said now the car was mostly finished, the team was looking ahead to fundraising.
He said they would begin selling raffle tickets in November, and had 20,000 to sell at $10 each, so could potentially raise $200,000 for the Cancer Society, "if we get off our backsides and get out and about".
There were plenty of people in the region and around the country, from places like Gisborne and Ashburton, who were keen to support the effort, he said.
While the Mini was the main prize, there would also be travel packs from Richmond House of Travel available, ranging from a trip for two in Sydney, a weekend away in Awaroa, and a "pamper pack" trip to Hanmer.
He was pleased with the way the car looked after all the hard work the team had put into it.
"It looks better than a brand new car. I think it's probably the care that's gone into it.
"We've got it how we want it, every nut, bolt and screw has been taken in and out and put right."
Almost everyone they approached for help had said yes, he said.
"It's been pretty amazing, you wouldn't wish for better.
"Everybody thinks it's just bloody awesome."
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