Mystery quest for cancer cure

Next month two members of ExxonMobil’s upstream oil and gas team will set off on a quest to help find a cure for cancer. Where they are going, they have no idea.

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Mystery quest for cancer cure
Best friends Tom Burger and Murray Johnson invested in a $200, 1983, 3-cylinder Daihatsu Charade and have been accepted into the 2019 Mystery Box Rally to raise funds for the Cancer Council. Their team is called 'Won’t Diahatsu Wondering'.

Tom – Longford’s Onshore Surveillance Engineering Supervisor – and Murray – Senior Field Superintendent at PNG’s Hides Plant – have both been touched by cancer.

Murray was diagnosed with bowel cancer in January 2017. Since his diagnosis he went through a series of treatments, including radiation, chemotherapy and operations in mid-2018. With the support of his wife Andi and his four daughters he fought hard and is currently fighting fit and all clear.

Tom had a small scare with a tumor in his appendix in May 2017. His main inspiration for taking part in the rally is his mother-in-law, Arlene, who battled with pancreatic cancer for nearly two years before passing in August 2018.

The Mystery Box Rally is one of the largest community lead fundraising events for the Cancer Council in Australia having raised over $3.5 million in the last six years.

Tom and Murray are confident their Charade will last the five-day mystery journey, which starts at Byron Bay on August 17.

“We have made a few modifications to the car, so it’s sitting pretty close to the ground now,” said Tom.

“We like to think that we are both technically capable and will be able to do any necessary running repairs. We are really looking forward to the adventure.”

So far the dynamic duo has raised almost $12,000. 

“We have been blown away and humbled by the generosity shown by our friends, family, work colleagues and the community in supporting us and the cause,” said Tom.

If you are interested in supporting their quest to help the Cancer Council you can get the details from their web page at: https://2019.mysteryboxrally.com.au/wont-diahatsu-wondering

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