Cruise for Cancer a great success

THE overwhelming response to Cruise For Cancer on the Coffs Coast has ensured it will now be annual event.

As many as 50 cars and motorbikes hit the road at Coffs Harbour on Sunday for a leisurely convoy to the Nambucca Heads V-Wall Tavern.

The cruise was the brainchild of local entrepreneur Ben Bolton who wanted to raise money in the fight against cancer.

“I was very surprised with the roll-up. I was thinking only 15 cars or thereabouts would take part,” said Mr Bolton, who owns Coffs Car Wash and Traction Tyres. “It went really well and I’ve got people who want to get behind it next year, too.

“The Cancer Council helped sell raffle tickets and the donation box was completely full – we were onto our second box.

“We’re still counting the money raised on the day.”

Mr Bolton said the car cruisers turned plenty of heads when they arrived at Nambucca Heads, where crowds lined the streets to lend their support.

“We’re going to have a car cruise for the Cancer Council the same time each year and every six months we’ll do one for another organisation such as the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

“The Cancer Council has been the ideal charity because my father passed away from lung cancer and a couple of months later my aunty died from cancer.

“There are so many people we know who have been diagnosed with cancer so I wanted to do something to help cancer research as well as helping to provide support and information for people going through diagnosis and treatment.”

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