Nelson Leader : November 7th 2013
14 THE NELSON LEADER, NOVEMBER 7, 2013 NEWS Mini magic: Original Mini owner Christine Johansen of Stoke, left, with retired mechanic Bob Croy along with Tony Bowater and Chris Bowater at the launch of the Wakefield Caffeine Crews relay for life project at Bowater Toyota last week. Photo: ALDEN WILLIAMS Magic Mini will conjure up cancer cash I t’s been painstakingly restored but this daffodilyellow mini still has its biggest job ahead of it – raising $200,000 for the Cancer Society Nelson. ‘‘It’s just the beginning of another part of its journey,’’ Wakefield’s Bob Croy says. Bob, a retired mechanic, bought the 1975 Morris Mini Mark 3 for $750. Helped by retired carpenter John Bruce, and tinkerer Martin Reid they restored the mini. The trio, with Dal Stewart and Colin Ryder, are part of a group called the Wakefield Caffeine Crew which meets for coffee every Tuesday. The group took part in the Cancer Society’s Relay for Life 18 months ago and raised $3500. Bob says a Nelson accountancy firm raised $6000 and the group thought ‘‘we’ve got to do something better than this and we came up with the bright idea of maybe rebuilding a mini to raise $10,000’’. They had the idea they could do it up and raffle it for the 2014 Relay for Life. After a mammoth 18-month restoration the Mini is street legal, and last week the fundraising mission was launched at Bowater Toyota in Nelson. Bowater Toyota chief executive Tony Bowater declared the restored Mini far better than those originally manufactured. ‘‘I would love to win it myself. It’s a cool little car,’’ he said. Bowater Motor Group has supplied new parts needed in the meticulous restoration and a vehicle to tow the Mini to venues Works starts: Martin Reid, left, Dal Stewart, John Bruce, Bob Croy and Colin Ryder, bottom, with the 1975 Morris Mini in 2012. over the summer with the Wakefield Caffeine Crew for the fundraising. Bob says it was a project that touched the community. Nelson’s Sun City Panel and Paint had done the paint job and Richmond’s Mortimer Auto Upholstery had helped as well. As well as the mini other amazing prizes are in the raffle, Bob says, including a second prize of $18,000 travel from House of Photo: MARTIN DE RUYTER Travel Richmond. Third prize is a weekend for two at Pepper’s Awaroa Lodge with water taxi transfers included. The group wants to sell 20,000 tickets to sell at $10 each. ❚ Tickets will be available from BMG outlets and the Mini will be at markets, campsites and other venues over the summer. Tickets can be bought online at mapuacountrytrading.co.nz.
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