Road trip is outside the box

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Nadim Joukhadar and John Parsons

Known as the ‘The Odd Couple’, Penrith locals John Parsons and Nadim Joukhadar will be going on the adventure of a lifetime – they just don’t know where to.

Over the course of five days, 75 teams will take part in what is known as the ‘Mystery Box Rally’, an event that has raised over $500,000 since its inception in 2013 for research into brain cancer.

Not only is there no prior knowledge of where they will be driving, but they’ll only find out what kind of car they’ll be taking on the rally the night before the adventure begins in November.

“It’s an auction and you don’t see the car until it’s revealed after you’ve made your bid and won – a pretty scary thought if you ask me,” Mr Joukhadar said.

The pair have known each other for over 10 years and refer to themselves as ‘The Odd Couple’ because of their chosen teams in NRL, one supporting the Roosters and the other supporting the Panthers.

“We have a common desire to see a breakthrough in the research of brain cancer because we have both experienced the pain of watching someone close to us go through the suffering that is associated with the disease,” Mr Joukhadar said.

“We’re taking a leap of faith, out of our comfort zones for a cause that is important to us both.”

The funds raised will go to the Cancer Council to fund their research initiatives.

A fundraiser will be held by the pair at the Major Oak Theatre Restaurant in St Marys on Friday, July 17. Call Jenny on 0404 783 422 for details.

– Jade Aliprandi

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