Norman Elias has finished his fourth annual Bug Off Cancer Drive, this year taking on one of the biggest drives his vintage 1965 VW Beetle has ever tackled!
On June 29 in the early hours of the morning, Norm started his 16 day journey from his home in Mortdale, heading west across Australia to Perth and back again in a cancer fundraising ‘drive’ with a difference.
Norm told us, “I became determined to help raise funds for the ACRF so they can continue to fund research into finding better treatments and hopefully cures that will rid us of this disease that doesn’t discriminate and affects all ages.”
Norm started his Bug Off Cancer adventures in 2010 when he decided to combine his passion for driving (and his vintage VW Beetle) with a cause that would bring hope to cancer patients and their families around the world. His first journey took him to Adelaide. His second saw him drive up North to Charleville, and his third venture went all the way to Alice Springs.
“My aim when I started out was to hit every state and territory in Australia, and I’ve now done that on the mainland,” said Norm, whose sights are set on Tasmania for his next Bug Off Cancer journey.
“This year’s drive to Perth has been great! I covered a distance of 5,644 miles (9,030km) over 16 days and the 40 horses behind me didn’t miss a beat,” Norm told us.
Since the inception of Bug Off Cancer in 2010, Norm has raised over $35,000 for cancer research in Australia – and this latest adventure has pulled in more than $7,500 alone. We’d like to thank Norm, and his supporters (and generous family) for the effort and dedication he has shown to the ACRF and to world class cancer researchers over these last few years.
Below is a gallery of the amazing photographs Norm took during his 2013 Bug Off Cancer Drive.