Mater Cars for Cancer has levelled up again, and you get the benefits. Winning lottery No. 111 means the tough choice of taking a BMW iX EV along with a luxury holiday for two around Australia, or a 300-series LandCruiser with a Coromal Thrill Seeker caravan; it’s The High Life or The Wild Life.
Raising money for ongoing cancer research and care can be a tough slog, but it helps if there’s an incentive. Theoretically, your incentive here is the very real chance of winning the $330,000 prize package, with holidays, EVs, SUVs, caravans and gold bullion being thrown around, but the side hustle incentive is that real people will benefit from the money raised.
I’ve been there and done that; tests, scans, doctors’ appointments, travel, hospital stays and palliative care; my wife’s four-year cancer journey was a real experience, but one made easier by organisations like Mater Foundation, and therefore a journey made easier by people like you.
Likewise, Mater have been making it easier to contribute to this noble cause by offering great prizes every time, to the point where their lotteries are often selling out early. It seems few prizes have been more appealing than a quality SUV, often coupled with a caravan or camper.
That remains the case for Mater Cars for Cancer lottery No. 111 as the lucky winner can choose a brand-new 300-series LandCruiser GXL, with a Coromal Thrill Seeker 21’6” family caravan to tow behind it. It’s like being given the keys to the country; imagine being able to pack up and go away, accommodation sorted wherever you are. The van has space for a couple of kids, and it can all be towed safely with the latest, cutting-edge Toyota LandCruiser GXL. You could win it, but you will need a ticket.
But what if you don’t want to win it? Although these latest, lifestyle-based lotteries have been popular, Mater Cars for Cancer understands that there’s a segment of the community for whom ‘pack up your gear’ was all they needed to get the cold sweats. I get it. Although I’d love to go away in the caravan, I reckon my innate disorganisation, similarly inherited by both my primary-school age kids, would be a stumbling block. It takes us on average three goes to leave the house for school each day; I can’t imagine the amount of stuff I could forget before leaving for Cape York.
This is where the other option comes in because a holiday sounds great to me, just so long as someone else organises it. And they have! Mater Cars for Cancer is giving away a huge holiday that encompasses nearly the entirety of our great nation, and you’re obliged to tow precisely nothing.
The $25,000 prize includes airfares between and accommodation within Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Cairns and Brisbane. Mater Cars for Cancer have organised hire cars, pre-booked tickets to various tours and tastings, day cruises and more. They’ve even arranged breakfast for almost every day of the trip. Breakfast is one of my all-time favourite things, so sign me up.
Luxury as it may be, given the holiday is worth $25k and the total prize pool is worth $330k, you’d be wondering what makes up the balance if I hadn’t already mentioned it above. Electric Vehicles are charging a path through our previously ICE-propelled world, with any manufacturer worth their salt making sure they’ve got a foot or five in the EV camp these days. Enter the BMW iX xDrive40 SUV EV, worth a cool $153,245 including a charging station.
On paper, it looks to me like BMW’s lithium-laced SUV could run rings around by nine-year-old V8 wagon, both in terms of cost per trip, and disappointingly, also in straight line speed and point-to-point acceleration. When the time comes for the wagon to retire, I’m almost certain an EV is next in queue, leaving my other V8 and my assortment of elderly classics lining up at the bowser.
Regardless of which option you take, the $330k prize package also comes with over $100k worth of cashable gold bullion so you’ve got a bit in the bank as well. Whether you can see yourself doing a tour of Australia and never visiting a servo again, or driving almost anywhere and taking your holiday home with you, Mater has got your back, and you just need a ticket.