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Barkin' Mad to raise funds

MYSTERY RALLY: Local musician and school teacher Matthew Barker and co-driver Ben Neilson from Neilson and Co Wealth Management have entered this year's Mystery Box Rally.
MYSTERY RALLY: Local musician and school teacher Matthew Barker and co-driver Ben Neilson from Neilson and Co Wealth Management have entered this year's Mystery Box Rally. Contributed

WHAT do you get when a musician and a financial adviser team up to travel a mysterious road in a beat-up old Nissan Pulsar?

Two awesome Bundaberg lads on an adventure to raise money for a good cause in the mad baby brother of Shitbox Rally, the Mystery Box Rally.

Matthew Barker and Ben Neilson entered this year's rally which departs outback New South Wales on November 25 with hopes just to cross the finish line.

The rally is a Cancer Council fundraiser and there are a number of stipulations placed on the Barkin' Mad team.

"The rules for the mystery box was that we needed to purchase a vehicle 25 years or older to take part in a five day mystery rally starting and ending in Dubbo NSW,” Mr Barker said.

Along with purchasing the beat up 1992 Nissan pulsar from a nice backpacking couple the duo need to raise a minimum of $3000 which is donated to cancer council.

Mr Barker said he first became aware of the rally five years ago when he donated the rights to a few of his original songs to be used in videos and online clips.

"I received a phone call a few years later saying that The Rally and Discovery channel were working together to create a documentary to be aired on the discovery channel and they would like to use my music in that production,” he said.

"I always promised myself that one year I would jump in the drivers seat and take part in this event.

"We have the thoughts in the back of our mind that the car might not make it back home.”

In the last seven years Shitbox Rally and Mystery Box Rally has raised over $10 million for cancer council.

To help the guys reach their target you can donate at http://bit.ly/2zjKdSO.

Topics:  bundaberg bundy cancer council fundraiser matt barker matthew barker music mystery bow rally shitbox rally



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