Trek hopes to make road easier for cancer sufferers

March 12, 2018

Tom O'Toole is set to undertake an adventure in his 1930 A Model Ford across the country with his best mate, Keith McIntosh. The pair hope to raise awareness and money for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Centre. Photo by Luke Hemer.

A FAMOUS baker, his best mate and a 1930 A Model Ford travelling 7443km across Australia to raise money for cancer.

That’s 50km/h (on a good day), crossing all types of terrain, with only a handful of mechanics along the way.

What could go wrong?

According to Tom O’Toole, founder of the famous Beechworth Bakery chain, not enough to scare him and best mate Keith McIntosh away from the challenge.

To them, a tough trek across Australia is worthwhile if it helps those travelling the much tougher road of cancer.

“We’ve got no doors, no seatbelts, no support crew and no brain,” Tom said.

“But we reckon we can make it. We just ask that people at least donate the price of a cup of coffee to this important cause.”

The pair will be setting off from Byron Bay, NSW on March 21, driving all the way to Shark Bay, Western Australia.

They dropped into Echuca on Wednesday, giving the car a final run before setting off on their big adventure.

“We’ve already had three flat tyres,” Tom admitted.

“And neither of us are mechanics, although Keith did fix a lawn mower once, so he thinks he’s one now.”

Together they have the ambitious goal to raise $100,000 for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Centre, Australia’s only regionally based cancer research centre.

The non-government funded organisation relies on community support to continue research into more effective ways to diagnose and treat cancer.

“The trouble is, we’re driving through the guts of Australia and there’s hardly anyone out there to give to this cause,” Tom said.

“We’re hoping people from across Australia will just go online and give.”

To give, visit or drop into Beechworth Bakery.

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