Norm “Bugs off” for the very last time.

1534775_722288464517659_156405772683906801_oThe Bug Off Cancer beetle that we’ve all come to love has, this week, set off on it’s very last Bug Off Cancer fundraising journey.

This time Norm and his support team have headed south to Tassy to take in the beautiful scenery of Australia’s apple isle, and for a whirlwind week of fundraising with the locals.

Before leaving home, Norm had already raised over $5,000 for cancer research in Australia and he hopes to reach $10,000 by the end of his journey. If he achieves his target, Norm’s total fundraising efforts will stand at almost $40,000!

Norm started his Bug Off Cancer fundraising mission five years ago when he decided he wanted to do something, anything, to help rid the world of this terrible disease.

Having lost both parents and other relatives to cancer over the years, and knowing others that have this insidious disease, Norm decided to combine his love of VW beetles with a fundraising idea and Bug Off Cancer was created.

As Norm travels back to Sydney we’d like to wish him all the best on this last leg of his journey and send out a massive congratulations for his efforts in fundraising such an incredible amount for cancer research in Australia.

The ACRF is always proud of, and very humbled by, our fundraisers and their dedication to support such a cause. To Norm, we thank you for everything you have done to help the ACRF fight cancer and wish the Bug Off Cancer Beetle a very happy retirement![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Norm’s fourth trip sees him ‘bug off’ across the Nullarbor

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.”

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Bug Off Cancer returns from the red centre

Bug Off Cancer Coober PedyFor the third year running, dedicated Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) fundraiser Norman Elias and his team of VW Beetle enthusiasts (co-driver Mario and Kombi drivers Joe and John) have taken a road trip for cancer research.

This time, the Bug Off Cancer crew put more than 7,500kms behind them on a round trip to Uluru and with the support of family and friends, corporate charity donations, and the general public they fundraised over $15,000 for the ACRF. Their overall fundraising total for the ACRF is now at an incredible $35,220!

Norman has very sadly lost both parents and other relatives to cancer and this is what motivates him to run his “cancer drive” every year, raising such a significant amount for cancer research.

“I am determined to help raise funds for Australian Cancer Research Foundation so they can continue to fund cancer research to find better treatments and hopefully a cure to rid us of this disease,” he said.

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Bug off cancer drive a great success

ACRF supporter, Norman Elias, and his smooth running 1965 Volkswagen drove into Sydney last night, marking the end of his tremendous fundraising effort involving a 4000km journey along Australia’s South-east coast.

Despite being the sole driver for the entire seven-day trip, Norman says there were very few hiccups along the way.

“The Beetle performed as expected, albeit with a slight engine problem, but it got me and my travel companion back to Sydney safe and sound, and never complained once or gave up hope,” he said. Continue reading “Bug off cancer drive a great success”

Bug off cancer drive

Determined to raise funds for cancer research and to help rid future generations of this disease, Norman Elias is getting ready to commence his eagerly awaited “Bug Off Cancer Drive” – a solo motor journey across Australia’s South-east coast in his beloved 1965 Volkswagen Beetle.

Norman’s journey will begin on 29 July from Sydney, and he plans to cover 3800km in one week, driving through iconic locations such as Broken Hill, Adelaide, the Great Ocean Road, and through snowy country to Canberra.

Norman has lost both parents and other relatives to cancer, and with the support of family and friends, decided he wanted to do his bit to help rid the world of cancer.

“Not everyone is affected by cancer, but everyone will at least know of someone that is affected by or has been taken by cancer,” he says. Continue reading “Bug off cancer drive”