27 Apr The Golf Bro’s hit the Road
The Golf Bro’s hit the Road – Mark and Stuart Simpson, are long time residents of the Central Coast, they’re hitting the road to raise funds for the Cancer Council in the S-hitbox rally!
Both Mark and Stuart moved to East Gosford from the NSW outback in 1965. They have both been on the Peninsula for more than 30 years.
They are both Life Members of Southern Spirit Cricket Club. Stuart is also a life member of the Terrigal-Avoca Australian Rules Football Club. Mark is a long time member of Rotary. Initially with Wyong and now with Brisbane Waters Rotary. Mark is a local businessman in real estate in Wyong and co-owning Anytime Fitness in Woy Woy. They are both now retired or semi-retired. They are dedicated members of the Coast community, and now they’re doing their bit for cancer research.
Stuart had a very close colleague & friend Cheryl Hayek. She would do anything for anyone, and tragically she passed away due to throat cancer. She didn’t suffer for an extended period, but she still had so much life left to live.
In 2021, Stuart and Mark’s eldest brother, Neale, passed away after a long 12-year battle with prostate cancer.
He was stoic till the end, but he suffered terribly for a long period. Neale was 65 years young, way too young. With these connections in mind, Stuart and Mark have decided to compete in The Shitbox Rally to raise funds for cancer research.
On 7th May 2022, that’s only a few weeks away, Mark and Stuart, along with 200 other cars, will be travelling from Wollongong to Mackay through the outback along some of Australia’s most formidable roads.
The vehicles (S-hitboxes) have to be worth less than $1000. Stuart and Mark picked up their 1991 Toyota Camry Executive Sedan last September and have been adding decorations to it over the past 6 months.
They’ve named their team the “Golf Bro’s”, as they are both Everglade Golf Club members. Their vehicle has been decorated with a chipping green on the roof and a bunker on the boot! Along with this and a little loud clothing, they should have a hoot.
Not all vehicles are expected to make the distance, but they hope theirs does, as they have to get back home from Mackay after the Rally.
Stuart and Mark aren’t the only Coasties competing this year. There are seven different groups from the Central Coast Area, including:
“The Devon Sangaz” from Narara
“White Assassin” from Wyoming
“We can’t say no to this shitbox” from Kanwal
“Berserkers” from Mardi
“Gonna be there” from Jilliby
“Kersten Team” from Terrigal
“Team Outlaw” from Lake Munmorah
Each team relies on their local contacts and friends for sponsorship and donations. To date, Stuart and Mark have raised $11,997.00. Their goal is to reach $25K – and every little bit helps.
They still have room on their shitbox for a couple more sponsors, and they will always welcome donations. The link to their donations page is: Autums2022.shitboxrally.com.au/golf-bros
As well as this, Mark and Stuart are holding a Charity Golf Day on Monday 22nd August at the Everglades Golf Club.
This golf day is a joint effort between the Golf Bro’s and Brisbane Water Rotary.
There are opportunities for Hole Sponsors and Players, prizes for the golf day, and raffles. Any donations of goods would be greatly appreciated.
All funds raised will be split evenly between the Cancer Council and local Rotary projects & charities.
If you’re in a position to support two brothers doing their bit to raise much-needed funds for Cancer Council, please visit their fundraising website: http://autums2022.shitboxrally.com.au/golf-bros
We wish them all the best as The Golf Bro’s hit the Road