NO GUTS, no glory.
Next month Pomona resident Michael Eagan won't be worried about the glory, but he will be up for the challenge of a rough ride in a an even rougher car.
The 60 year-old with daughter Maddy will leave the comfort of his geodesic dome and the organic fruits of his permaculture garden to rip-roar up the road in a $1000 car as part of the S**tbox Rally cancer fundraiser from Melbourne to Cairns.
Maddy, secure in the knowledge of her dad's mechanical experience, suggested the trip after working with hospitals as a communications professional and realising their financial needs.
"I'm not concerned about cheap cars - I drove them for 25 years," the good humoured and technically gifted larrikin revealed.
Right now Michael is showing no fear, it's just an adventure for the accomplished handyman who once owned a car repair business in Melbourne.
"I've been doing things like this all my life," he said.
The things he's been doing all his life include a trip through Little Desert in Victoria in Peugeots.
"We were asked where our 4wheel drives were," he said.
"But we made it through in the Peugeots," he said.
They left behind a surprised group of locals who couldn't believe that could do it. But they did.
And Michael and his daughter will do the rally ride in the same positive mindset as the Little Desert trip.
As a local Lions member and King of the Mountain Committee member Michael is also familiar with fundraising.
Ultimately, for father and daughter it's a great chance to connect and raise much needed funds at the same time.
The fundraising goal is $4,000, they have already raised $2000 .
The rally is between April 14 - 21.
The route is Melbourne to Cairns via Cameron's Corner (where SA, NSW and Qld meet).
The 2012 rally will be the 3rd S**tbox Rally.
It has already grown massively from the 17 cars that initially started the S**tbox adventure with 109 teams in 2011 and an expected 150 teams for 2012
Cheques made out to Cancer Council sent to Michael Egan at PO Box 363 Pomona 4568
All donations are tax deductible
Sponsorship packages are also available.
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