Goal $5,000

Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood

Fundraising for Cancer Council
Cancer Council
Mystery Box Rally 2021
$14,002
Raised
280%
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We are really happy to announce that we're taking part in Mystery Box Rally in 2021!! Mystery Box Rally is one of the largest community lead fundraising events for the Cancer Council in Australia having raised over $4.5 million in the last 9 years. This rally will have us driving a car that is 25 years or older along outback roads. We will do approximately 2,500kms in 5 days! We set off from Rockhampton & return back to Rockhampton 5 days later, each day in between is a mystery, we have no idea where we will be headed until the morning of! In order for us to participate we need to raise $3,500 and every dollar raised goes to the Cancer Council! We would very much appreciate it if you could donate to the cause & help us on our journey!

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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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1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Trashy Taxi
<p>Hi Everyone</p><p></p><p>Viv and I are doing the Mystery box rally.</p><p></p><p>Its been 10 years since Viv was diagnosed with breast cancer and we (ok maybe just me) couldn't think of a better way to celebrate life 10 years after the diagnosis than by participating in the mystery box rally and driving a 25 year old car through the bush!</p><p></p><p>Photo below is me picking the car up from the Paterson Hotel near Dungog last Saturday 2/2/2020. $600 who knows what problems we will uncover but upon inspection it needed a good bath, general service and tune, front suspension, hole in the exhaust, PCV system service, battery, air con gas (maybe more), heater core, probably some tyres and that is just my observations before I get it to a mechanic!</p><p></p><p>Still it managed to get from Paterson to Sydney without overheating on a 44 degree day!</p><p></p><p>It's heading to the mechanic on Monday for a full assessment before we start the 'healing process'.</p><p></p><p>In August Viv and I will be starting in Rockhampton and taking part in the Mystery Box Rally. First challenge will be to get the car the 25 yr old Volvo 850 GLT to Rockhampton! </p><p></p><p>The conditions are a 2WD car that is over 25yrs old,l start and Rockhampton and enter a 4 day rally (destination advised on the morning of each day!) that finishes in Rockhampton!</p><p></p><p>We are trying to raise the minimum of $3,500 which is a condition of entering the rally but hoping to raise $5,000 which will go towards cancer support and research.</p><p></p><p>You can donate, participate in a corporate sponsorship or just send your message of support and spread the word.</p><p></p><p>I will keep you informed of the progress with the car and fundraising along the way.</p><p></p><p>A big thanks to my mate Rhyan who drove me up to Dungog to pick up this $#itbox! I would still be looking a round for one otherwise.</p><p></p><p>A shout out to Andrew Jones (Jonesy) one of Australia's biggest socceroo fans who recently passed away from cancer.</p><p></p><p>Looking forward to this awesome journey!</p><p></p><p>Cheers,</p><p>Ang & Viv</p><p></p><p>PS - Photo below is me collecting the car from the owners granddaughter at the Paterson hotel! At 44 degrees the beers at the pub were some welcome relief before heading back to Sydney!</p>
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Angelo Vassos gave $100.00.
Time to get the wheels rolling.......
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Angus Woods gave $250.00.
Nice work AV
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
John Tsiklieris gave $200.00.
Keep those wheels in motion!
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Damien Hor gave $100.00.
Good luck guys. Push the pedal to the metal and f&@k cancer! Love DMJS
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Christian Porter gave $100.00.
Have a great time out there AV and Viv, be safe! Christian
1 year ago
Thanks Christian. Everytime I read your email address it cracks me up! I hope I dont get a sauras when driving through the outback on those dirt roads.
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Stan & Evlen Kafes gave $100.00.
1 year ago
Thanks Stan and Evlen. Really appreciate the donation. We changed our team name. We are now called 'Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood'. Your donation has automatically transferred over. Will keep you posted with changes to the car and lead up to the event. Thanks again.
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Ray White Umina Beach gave $250.00.
Great work Gweek
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Barbara Phillips gave $50.00.
Good luck guys!
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
D2C gave $200.00.
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
<p>Hi Everyone</p><p></p><p>Thanks to everyone for their donations and getting us off to a great start with the fundraising.</p><p></p><p>A couple of updates this week.</p><p></p><p>Most importantly a name change. After buying a Volvo we decided that we couldnt really stick with the name 'Trashy Taxi'. So we have changed it to something more appropriate being 'Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood'. </p><p></p><p>The inspiration for 'Swedish Kingswood' coming from the Flute and the Salami in recognition of Volvo being as popular as the Holden Kingswood was in Australia!</p><p></p><p>The car has also been to MH Autocare in Hornsby (European car specialist) who undertook an assessment of the Volvo. Turns out that its not so bad and apart from the things I have identified already it should be capable of getting us through the rally and back to Sydney without requiring any major work.</p><p></p><p>Next few weeks will be undertaking some TLC to the Volvo and then start thinking about some decorations.</p><p></p><p>With the name change there is a new link to our fundraising page. For those who have donated already your donations automatically transfer over for anyone else there is a new link.</p><p></p><p>Hopefully this weekend is drier than the last one.</p><p></p><p>For anyone interested in participating in a company sponsorship please get in contact with me or Viv and we can give you the details. </p><p></p><p>Cheers,</p><p>Ang & Viv</p>
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Adrian Halpenny gave $250.00.
Greek + Swedish + Kingswood is a formula for fun. Enjoy the adventure! Adrian and Raelee
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Phillip Naylor gave $100.00.
Well done Viv & Angelo. Look forward to following your rally Love Phil, Soph, Scarlett & Isobel
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Aaron Spadaro gave $100.00.
Good luck V and A, love you both. Amy and Aaron.
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Trisha and Garry Greedy gave $50.00.
What a journey. Hope the Sweedish Kingswood smashes it. All the best Trisha and Garry
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Jason Gauci gave $100.00.
Great work and cause Angelo and Viv, inspiration to us all.
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
George & Ruby Karlaftis gave $100.00.
Hope you have a fantastic journey for a great cause
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Emmanuel Karlaftis gave $100.00.
I wish you the best!
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
KAJA Clothing gave $100.00.
From your Swedish supporters in Freshwater - have so much fun!!
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Dan Bylsma gave $100.00.
Great work AV and Viv, safe travels and well done on a great fundraiser.
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
RJM Co p/l gave $100.00.
Well done Greek and Viv. Can I have your Volvo when you are finished?
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Brookfield gave $100.00.
Donation matching on behalf of Phil Naylor
1 year ago
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Alliance Building Group ACT gave $1,000.00.
Have fun Guys and good luck
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Jim & Suze Hibbett gave $100.00.
Good luck - and enjoy getting out of the house! Jim & Suze
3 months ago
Jin and Suze. Never sent a thanks you for your donation. Not long til we leave now!
1 year ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Anna Roins gave $250.00.
Guys, what an adventure you'll have! Good for you and best of luck. Be safe
3 months ago
Thanks Anna. Getting close to rally day now.
4 months ago
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Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
<p>Hi Everyone</p><p></p><p>As many of you know 2020 put a stop to the mystery box rally and it has been postponed until July 31 2021 so as long as there is no lockout of Australian Citizens to Queensland we should be going ahead.</p><p></p><p>What has this meant for the Greek Vikings in the Swedish Kingswood....</p><p></p><p>For starters the Swedish Kingswood has completed many more kms in the last year than expected as it became the daily driver. This has resulted in the need for some investment in mechanical repairs so that we can get to Rockhampton compete in the rally and get back to Sydney. The getting back to Sydney is optional for the Volvo!</p><p></p><p>So it was back to MH Autocare for some preventative maintenance and the start of the slippery slope of mechanical repairs on an old clunker which has included new tyres and brake pads, transmission fluid, spark plugs, oil & filter, drive belt and I spent a weekend changing many suspension components out.</p><p></p><p>There has also been an increase to the minimum amount of funds we need to raise which is now increased to $5,000 so we are back on the fundraising path again to reach this revised target and help raise money for cancer research.</p><p></p><p>A big thank you to two businesses who have sponsored us being John Bull Removals in Mona Vale (thanks to Brian and Marty) and also to Peter from Alliance Building Group in the ACT.</p><p></p><p>If anyone is interested in sponsoring our team please let me know. Given this is now my daily driver it gets good exposure and provides many laughs to the citizens of Sydney on my drive between Beacon Hill and Sydney Airport. </p><p></p><p>Keep your eye out for some upcoming fund raising events/competitions over the next few months.</p><p></p><p>For those who have already donated thank you.</p><p></p><p>Cheers,</p><p></p><p>Angelo & Vivien</p><p></p><p></p>
4 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Katerina Sarlas gave $100.00.
My darling cousins! Kick butt!! Μπράβο σας! You’re an inspiration
3 months ago
Thanks so much Kat. Its going to be heaps of fun
3 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Clare Van de wall gave $50.00.
Good luck Viv and Ang - what a cool adventure! 🙌 Have fun! Take care ❤️ Love Clare, Matt, Oscar and Ben
3 months ago
Thanks Clare and Family. I am secretly hoping the car makes it back to Sydney so I can keep driving it around town with the stickers on. I love the looks I get when I am driving!
3 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Gemma Williams gave $100.00.
Good Luck!
3 months ago
Thanks Gemma. I feel like the Volvo is bringing great character to our neighbourhood!
3 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Joelle Pondekas gave $50.00.
Great Cause - Have an awesome time!
3 months ago
Thanks Joelle. Really appreciate the donation.
3 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Ben Leigh gave $200.00.
Good luck Greek warriors. Cheers Flute
3 months ago
Ben Leigh a legend for donating in 2020 & 2021. thanks for your generosity
3 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Stuart James gave $50.00.
What an adventure - best of luck boys
3 months ago
Thanks for your support Stu. Going to be a true adventure
3 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Meg Keeble gave $50.00.
You crazy kids, have fun🏆🏎 Love the Keebles
3 months ago
Thanks Meg and family. I am just hoping that the car gets us there and back!
3 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Ben Austen gave $250.00.
Can’t wait to see the photos, enjoy the ride you two as it’s been a long time coming
3 months ago
A big thank you to the Austen Family. Miss you guys. I hope you are enjoying things in WA.
3 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Stuart Strachan gave $100.00.
Will the Volvo even make it to Rockhampton? Have a great time in FNQ!
3 months ago
Thanks Stu. I keep trying to break it on a daily basis but so far so good!
3 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Jordan Rodgers gave $50.00.
Good work Vlackas
3 months ago
Thanks Jordan. In a couple of years it will be ready for Historic plates!
3 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Anonymous gave $5,100.00.
3 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
George and Kathy Laliotis gave $150.00.
Great cause koumbari! We hope you have a fantastic journey. Love from the Lals xxxxoooo
3 months ago
George and Kathy. Thank you so much. We cant wait to start our journey
3 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Peter Roins gave $500.00.
Well done kids! We’re with in spirit. Xx
3 months ago
Thanks Guys. Really appreciate it
3 months ago
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Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
<p>Hi Everyone</p><p></p><p>I am not sure who made this very generous donation anonymously but a $5,100 donation is amazing. We would love to find out who this is from to thank them. </p>
3 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Zeb Stahlut gave $100.00.
What a big day for the faithfull Volvo, logging commuting miles in full rally guise and now being set free into the outback! Good luck Ang.
2 months ago
Thanks Zeb. Hopefully I dont end up on the slippery slope of repairs before the event is over!
3 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
<p>Interesting. Thank you</p>
3 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Trish Civiero gave $50.00.
I love you still drive the shit box… this has been a long time coming!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
2 months ago
Thanks TC. I hope it is as reliable in the outback as it is getting me to work!
3 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Eve Dimos gave $100.00.
Enjoy the journey in the Volvo for this worthy cause. Love to both you and Viv. Eve & Andrew x
2 months ago
Thanks Eve and Andrew we are really looking forward to this outback adventure
2 months ago
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WISHBONE 66 PTY LTD CHRISTOFIS gave $50.00.
Our beautiful friends Congrats on raising awareness on something that has touched you both personally. What you went through touched us too. Wishing you all the best - have a blast
2 months ago
Thanks Anna and Family. Appreciate the donation and kind words.
2 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Puressence gave $100.00.
Ohh how I wish I could be in that car with you. If anyone can do this in style you guys can. I hope the cassette deck works!
2 months ago
Thanks Erin. I am happy for Viv to use as the daily driver if you ever feel the urge to sit in the Volvo! It is a great lesson in depreciation $60,000 brand new in 1994 and $600 in 2020 26 years later!
2 months ago
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Graeme McGeoch gave $100.00.
Angelo my friend….love the Team name and there is no danger of you being on the stripper pole with the Volvo…..a real P.of.S. Having done a few of these rallies I know you are going to have a blast and learn bush mechanic skills you never thought possible. Great cause, great people, great memories !!! Burn some rubber!
2 months ago
Hi Graeme - Thanks for the donation and your advice. Just hoping to make it through the rally and back to Sydney! Hopefully the Volvo doesn't end up in the bushes like some other you know of!
2 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Michael Poulos gave $100.00.
Dear pedakia, Have an amazing & safe journey. I think we can confidently say you won’t be booked for speeding in the beast :) Ta matia dekatesera kavyari mou. Mick & Liz xx
2 months ago
Mick and Liz. Thanks so much for your donation. There are some 40 speed zones on the way so there will be some risk of getting a speeding fine. We are looking forward to breaking some records....maybe set the new 'slowest to finish time'!
2 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Kristy Wood gave $50.00.
2 months ago
Thanks Kristy. Hopefully the Volvo continues to make it our of the car park at work for the next 6 weeks!
2 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Anthony Conte gave $50.00.
2 months ago
Thank you Tony. As always your support at work and for this cause is greatly appreciated!
2 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Stephen Massoud gave $150.00.
Good luck Vassos Fam! Hope you have a great adventure. With enormous support from the Massoud Fam
2 months ago
Thanks Stephen - Appreciate the support. Looking forward to taking part in this great fundraiser for all those who have been touched by cancer.
2 months ago
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John Bull Removals & Storage gave $500.00.
Good luck to the Greeks in the Swedish-mobile from the Lebs and the pomms. We are all proud of you! Remember, you can't chase inspiration unless it is in a green 80's Volvo sedan driven by a pair of nut-bag Greeks! Yiasou re!!
2 months ago
Marty & Brian - Thanks so much for your sponsorship of the car for this event. I think after 8 days in a clapped out 94 Volvo and sleeping in a swag, Viv will be happy to return back to her comfy office chair! Thanks again guys. Truly appreciate your support.
2 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Russell Cooper gave $50.00.
Good on you Vass.... Best move since your last quick tap...
2 months ago
Thanks Rus. You and I have had good practice on dirt roads so hoping that comes in handy. Lucky you stopped me from going for the second quick tap. Funny how that only seems like a couple of years ago!
2 months ago
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Sidone Thomas gave $50.00.
Good luck Angelo - such a great cause!
2 months ago
Thanks so much for your support Sidone and contributing to this great cause. It is truly appreciated hopefully I can get some posts up on Yammer while we are away!
2 months ago
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Monica Armesto gave $30.00.
Go well Angelo! xx Monica
2 months ago
Thanks Monica. Appreciate your kind donation. Here is hoping we make it through the rally with car intact! Will keep you posted.
2 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Andriana Skaros gave $50.00.
Good luck Ang and Viv!!!
2 months ago
Thanks Andriana really appreciate this donation. Hoping the car gets back in one piece!
2 months ago
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Anita Yeung gave $50.00.
2 months ago
Hi Anita. Thanks so much for your donation. Fingers crossed that we can still get to Qld by the end of the month and it is not postponed any further.
2 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Gerard Kaudeer gave $50.00.
2 months ago
Hi Gerard Thanks so much for your generous donation. I appreciate the support for this great cause and every day that we are on site delivering projects at the airport.
2 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Jason Gauci gave $50.00.
Good cause AV! Proud of ya👍
2 months ago
Thanks for the donation Jas really appreciate it.
2 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
John and Jo and kids Ienna gave $200.00.
Great cause guys & long live the ovlov
2 months ago
Thanks John and Family. Second time donation is greatly appreciated.
2 months ago
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Anonymous gave $1,402.00.
We are all proud of you guys!!!! Great cause, have a great time on the adventure!
2 months ago
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Linda Jones gave $20.00.
Sounds like brilliant fun! All the very best to the Greek Vikings! Every bit helps... Cheers, Linda
2 months ago
Hi Linda, Thank you for your donation. I must saying I missing your infectious smile and welcomes given we are not in the office at the moment. Hope to see you again soon. Thanks, Angelo
2 months ago
Greek Vikings in a Swedish Kingswood
Steve Parker gave $50.00.
good works mate....
2 months ago
Hi Steve - Thanks so much for your donation. Thanks for your support to this great cause. Looks like the even will be delayed once again but now looking to take place in November this year.
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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.

Over $26 million 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.