Goal $5,000

Kooks

Fundraising for Cancer Council
Cancer Council
Mystery Box Rally 2022
$11,000
Raised
220%
Our Story …

We wanted to let you know that we're taking part in the 2022 Mystery Box Rally in partnership with the Cancer Council of Australia.

Mystery Box Rally is one of the most successful community-participation fundraising events for the Cancer Council in Australia having raised over $5.5 million in the last 10 years.

We both have been touched by cancer in our families and are looking forward to raising money for this worthy cause. We will be dedicating the rally to my brother Christopher -'Gormo'- who passed away from kidney cancer in October 2020.

We are sourcing an old cracker of a car that is over 25 years old and where comfort is not a factor but being road worthy is a must! This rally will have us navigating along outback roads and tracks. We will do over 2,500kms in 5 days and sleep under the stars at night.

We set off from Port Lincoln, South Australia on 25 June & return there 5 days later. Each day on the road is a mystery - teams have no idea where we will be headed until just before departure the next morning.

We are aiming to raise $5,000 and every dollar raised goes to the Cancer Council. We will be covering all costs of the vehicle, transportation costs, accommodation (and insurances), etc personally. We would very much appreciate it if you could donate any sum to the cause & help fund cancer research and awareness. All donations over $2 are tax deductible and online donations into the WE GIVE fundraising page receive a tax receipt via email straight away.

Kind Regards,

Troy and Neil
Troy Gorman Neil Ferguson

Team: ‘The Kooks’*
(* Kooks is a surfing term - ‘A surfer who has an exaggerated perception of their surf skills. Their lack of surf knowledge, especially concerning surf ethics, usually interferes with other surfers’ fun in the water’. This was one of Gormo’s favourite sources of entertainment (and frustration), as a Standup Paddleboarder, when he met these characters on the water and we will be fairly likely to carry on this fine tradition).

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Teams will drive their own 25+ year old cars along a mystery route in this unique 5 day challenge, all in the name of cancer research. The route is a loop starting and finishing at the same location, but all the other details are kept under wraps, only given to the teams each morning.

The rally is not a race – it’s a fun, colourful, unpredictable adventure with participants travelling at their own pace in smaller groups. Vehicles often break down but “we never leave anyone behind” and each night is spent camping beneath the stars and celebrating the day’s achievements. It all adds up to an incredible opportunity to see Australia’s vast and beautiful countryside and make lifelong friends, many brought together after experiencing cancer themselves or seeing cancer impact family and friends.

Since it’s inception the rally has been the largest fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally."

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4 months ago
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The Gorman Family gave $1,000.00.
This one's for you Gormo from the Fam! Let's kick cancer out of the ball park my friend! Long may you keep cursing and rescuing the 'Kooks' in heaven on your paddleboard!
4 months ago
'Woof woof woof woof ....' translated - Thanks Troy and Neil for playing your part in participating in the rally to raise funds for those on the front line who are researching ways to cure cancer! Regards Cooper!
4 months ago
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Koorelah Farms gave $200.00.
Here’s to the Kooks having an awesome time in their “new” vehicle … great to see two friends honouring such a wonderful cause 😀
4 months ago
To our good friends Wayne and Leanne, thank you for your treasured support for the cause! We very much appreciate your kind thoughts and donation.
4 months ago
And may the spirit of the 'Wine Master' be with us in our travels!!!
4 months ago
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Jennifer Charlton gave $50.00.
Good luck Troy x
4 months ago
Thank you Jenny. I miss our QASMT days together Legend! Your generosity in supporting us is appreciated!
4 months ago
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Elizabeth (Beth) Devriendt gave $50.00.
Go get em boys! Great cause and I hope the rally is a blast!
4 months ago
Trust the Accountant in the family to be first to throw down the gauntlet to others in this worthy cause! Your are Gold Bethy!!! Thanks for your support in the good fight against cancer!
4 months ago
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Lynda Smith gave $100.00.
Have a blast boys, but stay safe😊
4 months ago
Thanks to our wonderful friends, Lynda and Scott for this donation! You know all about the importance of funding in Health as a a nurse Lynda and this contribution will be greatly appreciated!
4 months ago
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Neil Ferguson gave $1,000.00.
Cancer Council do a great job in funding practical research. We’re looking forward to giving them a hand.
3 months ago
Thanks Neil and Ang for your awesome generosity in helping researchers find a cure for this disease! To my fellow Rally partner in crime - Kook Neil - ‘see you on the road scag!‘
3 months ago
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Nicole Doogan gave $100.00.
Good luck guys! xx
3 months ago
What a lovely soul your are Nicole for donating to the cause! Your gift will help those who are trying to unlock the secrets in beating this disease! Thanks for your support!
3 months ago
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Hayden George gave $200.00.
Fantastic work guys. I’m sure the Captain of positivity would be very proud 👍
3 months ago
Thanks Hayden for your very generous donation! I know when you and Gormo were working together there was a lot of banter about Richie Mc Caw and the All Blacks! . We are asking for Chris for divine intervention this season!
3 months ago
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Middletons Printing gave $400.00.
Hope You Win - Go for it
3 months ago
Chris loved travelling the world with you Johnny and your friendship and stories you shared were some of the best times for him. Your fantastic donation will help those researchers to find a way to beat this crappy disease!
3 months ago
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Andrew Angus gave $400.00.
top effort Troy and Neil, Gormo would be stoked.
3 months ago
Thanks Andrew for your great gesture for the cause! Chris enjoyed your neighbourhood cook ups with the Windsor Place residents! He also valued your friendship sharing many laughs along the way. Your support will go along way in assisting those to finding a cure!
3 months ago
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Roslyn Manser gave $50.00.
For Chris with love
3 months ago
Thanks Rosalyn for your thoughtful gift. He spoke fondly of his time together with you and continued to keep in touch with you and your Mum over the years. Your donation will support those who are working hard to find a cure!
3 months ago
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Sean Daly gave $100.00.
3 months ago
Thanks Benny for your brilliant gift! Chris always enjoyed sharing many stories and laughs together over many years together. We appreciate your support in his name!
2 months ago
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Bernie Fitzsimon gave $100.00.
2 months ago
Thanks Bernie for your generous gift. Chris enjoyed your conversations over many years over many topics including both of your building skills! Your donation will go a long way to supporting those to unlock the keys to beat cancer!
1 month ago
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Michael Taylor gave $250.00.
Good luck boys and for a great cause. Look forward to the stories upon your return
1 month ago
Now that you have plenty of time on your hands Mick, we certainly appreciate your support to our cause! Thank you for your amazing generosity as your donation will help those who fight this terrible disease. Lots of stories to tell you when we return!
4 weeks ago
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Matt McLoughlin gave $300.00.
Very proud of you Troy … honouring Chris in such a perfect way
3 weeks ago
Thanks Matt and Nell for your generosity in supporting our cause. Chris loved the times he spent on Straddie and I will always remember the good times we all shared together at your place.
3 weeks ago
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Nick Herron gave $100.00.
Good on you boys, drive safely, have fun and come home in one piece
3 weeks ago
Thanks for the donation Nick. Using 4 wheels should be a bit easier than what you’ve been touring with lately although some of the terrain looks like it would be better suited to the 4WD and not an aged limo! Looking forward to sharing some of the photographs. Cheers Neil
3 weeks ago
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Andy and Val Doogan gave $50.00.
Great cause. Drive safely and have an awesome time on the rally.
3 weeks ago
Thanks Val and Andy. Really appreciate your support. Will bring the Beast around to show it off. Cheers Neil
3 weeks ago
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Melissa Shepherdson gave $50.00.
Champions. All the best for the trip and with the fundraising.
3 weeks ago
Mel thanks for your kind donation. We’re looking forward to the drive and hoping the Beast will survive the trek. Will send photos as we go. Cheers Neil
3 weeks ago
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Simon Jensen gave $100.00.
3 weeks ago
Mate thanks for the donation … and the sledge. I don’t think grammar and the Beast will go together. We are wearing Hawaiian shirts and Ford hoodies … I was stretching it to use commas! See you on the 20th!
3 weeks ago
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Jenny Doogan gave $100.00.
Good luck with the run Neil xx
3 weeks ago
Thanks greatly Jenny. We’re very much looking forward to seeing your old stomping grounds in SA. Watching the temperature with interest!
3 weeks ago
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Michelle McMillan gave $50.00.
What an incredible thing you’re doing, Neil. Best of luck to you and Troy on this journey; to not only complete it safely but to raise heaps of cash for such a worthy cause.
3 weeks ago
Michelle Thank you for your generous gift. It’s amazing how many people I am talking to who have had direct experience of cancer. I hope our combined efforts can make a difference. Love Neil
3 weeks ago
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Kath Daley gave $50.00.
3 weeks ago
Kath Much appreciated. Look forward to sharing the stories when we get back.
3 weeks ago
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Damien Doran gave $100.00.
LEGENDS!!! Enjoy the journey boys. Hope all goes well
3 weeks ago
Thanks Damien for your support for this one. Bit different to Kokoda but similar themes in helping a mate and those who are researching to find a cure!
3 weeks ago
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Cooper Grace Ward gave $500.00.
All the best from the team at Cooper Grace Ward - a very worthwhile cause!
3 weeks ago
Thank you to the great team at Cooper Grace Ward, Queensland’s finest lawyers. Your personal and financial support is greatly appreciated.
3 weeks ago
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Tim Ferguson gave $100.00.
Good luck mate. Tim & Nik
3 weeks ago
Tim Nic and the mini-Fergs, thank you for your generous support. Tim, thinking - do you think half of an NL Ford Fairlane will count as an asset or an expense at my end of year FBWealth review?
3 weeks ago
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Raymond Hack gave $50.00.
Go the Kooks!
3 weeks ago
Thanks for the support Ray. I think the Tassie rally driving experience will be handy on this one.
3 weeks ago
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Gregory Cahill gave $200.00.
3 weeks ago
Much appreciated Greg. Cheers Neil
2 weeks ago
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Allan Davie gave $250.00.
Well done Troy & Neil. I look forward to hearing about the adventure.
1 week ago
Thanks Al. Will be sure to send updates and photos.
2 weeks ago
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John Dunning gave $50.00.
1 week ago
Thanks JD and Glenda.
2 weeks ago
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The Cappers gave $500.00.
Good luck fellas. Great cause and awesome effort to participate. Hope the Fairmont lives up to those childhood expectations and delivers you back to Port Lincoln safely. Have fun....looking forward to hearing the stories.
1 week ago
Greatly appreciated Nick. We’re really humbled by the support we are getting and know that the Cancer Council will put your donation to very good use in trying to cure cancer. Cheers Neil
2 weeks ago
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Declan Ferguson gave $50.00.
1 week ago
Thanks Dec.
2 weeks ago
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Bruce Clark gave $200.00.
Come on Ferg. You need to raise your raising goal. Great cause, I hope you have a great time too.
1 week ago
We don’t have the technical competence to alter the target amount … but will certainly work on having a good time! Thanks for the support Bruce
2 weeks ago
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Jeff Gray gave $100.00.
Best wishes Neil
1 week ago
Thanks for your support Jeff.
2 weeks ago
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Matthew Jackson gave $100.00.
Well done gents. Safe travels
1 week ago
Thanks for your kind support Matt. Much appreciated. Cheers Neil and Troy
2 weeks ago
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Connor O’Shea gave $50.00.
4 days ago
Thanks Connor for your generous donation in kicking this disease in the guts! Your support will help those great researchers in finding the key to unlock this crappy disease! Your a top bloke and I’ll say a good word for you to mum and dad when I see them next!
2 weeks ago
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Nicole McClure gave $100.00.
Have an awesome time Neil and Troy!
1 week ago
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Paul Scaini gave $50.00.
Good luck - Safe travels
1 week ago
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Troy Gorman gave $1,500.00.
Thanking our major Sponsor Scott and Linda Smith of The Transmission Centre for their In Kind Donation of mechanical work to have ‘the beast’ up to speed. The Kooks will donate this work amount.
1 week ago
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Neil Ferguson gave $1,500.00.
In recognition of the fantastic in-kind support from Scotty at The Transmission Centre Underwood in helping source and resurrect the Beast. If it doesn’t make it through the rally it will be down to drivers error!
1 week ago
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PAAR gave $100.00.
Happy to back you in supporting such a great cause!
5 days ago
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Mark O’shea gave $200.00.
Good luck lads on your mission. A worthy cause in honour of a worthy man.
4 days ago
Thanks Marcus for your generosity and support. You and Chris crossed many times in life starting at Trade College after school. He called you the ‘White Obama’ which showed his affection for you. You both loved adventures in the outdoors and doing things your way. He will be riding the waves upstairs as we drive through SA!
4 days ago
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The Carvolth’s gave $100.00.
Looking forward to following this adventure, such a worthwhile cause 💕
3 days ago
Such a wonderful gesture from our dear friends! We really appreciate your support in giving those researchers the resources they need to find solutions to ending this crazy disease!
3 days ago
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Michael McSweeney gave $200.00.
Good Boys have fun. Neil kooks is an app name given your ability in the surf when you were a clubbie. Troy hope your not relying on Neils mechanical skills. Max
2 days ago
Your a Legend Max! Who can forget your hospitality in Bondi Junction in Rugby World Cup 2003 and taking us to the fine establishments at night! Your generosity continues with this fine donation to find a cure to this pest of a disease!
3 days ago
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Monique Harte gave $100.00.
Good Luck Boys….The Harte’s
3 days ago
Thank you Harte’s for your great support! You are great friends in our lives and this donation goes straight to the people who are at the frontline in cracking this crappy disease!
2 days ago
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Christine and Scott Maltby gave $100.00.
Go and have a report time with Christopher in mind while helping others at the same time who are facing similar journeys.
2 days ago
As important family to us you were best on ground at Molly’s 21st this year. The superlatives continue with this donation. As a keen Ford supporter Scott, we know where your heart lies as a keen car enthusiast. Let’s break the back of this disease together!
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The Impact, Outcomes & Charity

Mystery Box Rally is a dedicated fundraising event for cancer research with funds going to Cancer Council.

Cancer Council is one of the largest non-government funders of cancer research in Australia. We conduct and fund research studies across all cancers and all stages of the cancer journey.

Thanks to the community funds raised such as Mystery Box Rally we can fund world-class research that reduces the impact of cancer for everyone.

In the past 12 years, over 29 million dollars has been raised by Box Rallies to date, supporting ground-breaking projects such as:

  • A research study to develop a vaccine that protects against lymphoma cancers.
  • A research trial to standardise international guidelines on melanoma removal.
  • A research grant to revolutionise the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

These projects wouldn’t be possible without your support.