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Meet Amelia and Sam. They’ve been best friends since the age of 12 and have lived together in the inner-west of Sydney for the past three years. Perfect training to spend 50+ hours driving a rust bucket over some of Australia’s roughest roads, all in the name of raising money to help beat cancer.

“There's no point going into the doom and gloom of why this rally means so much to [us] and what it means to have helped to raise over 1.6 million for the Cancer Council for this rally alone - because let's face it - we ALL have a cancer story and that's what makes events like this and the work the Cancer Council does so profound,” Sam tells us.  

The Shitbox Rally is an annual fundraising drive started by James Freeman in 2011 after losing both his parents to cancer. (Hear more about James's story and the rally here). To compete in the rally you need a minimum of $4000 to even get to the start line. Sam and Amelia held garage sales and bake sales and even threw a house party and charged entry but were still falling short of their goal so hit up Young Henrys to come on board as a sponsor, which we happily did to see these legends get on the road. 

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The great Australian bowling club. We all love ‘em, but so many have been languishing dangerously close to financial strife. Thankfully, new life is being breathed into a bunch - with good food, better beer and a renewed focus on live music and community.

We visited Shane Ironside at The Bowlo in Bangalow to see how they're paving the way. Literally. When we visited Shane was actually paving the outside area, you can see the paving dust on his t-shirt. You can't stop progress!

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Brisbane, Publican -

Some tourists come to Australia and pick up a couple of souvenirs - maybe a cuddly toy koala or a hat with corks on it, or a coat hanger in the shape of the Harbour Bridge. Scottish lass Gillian Letham arrived down under in 2003 and ended up picking up a couple of bars in Brissie, and just never left. We chat to her about The Mill on Constance and the Oxford Taphouse and how having a foreign accent makes you 25% more interesting…

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Art -

Meet Kentaro Yoshida. He hails from a fishing village in Toyama, Japan and moved to Sydney when he was 18. These days he lives in Manly where he surfs, makes art, drinks beer, and sometimes combines the latter and drinks art. No wait, sorry, he draws beer sometimes. Kentaro’s been working on our latest homage to the froth in t-shirt form (watch this space). In the meantime, you can check out his work at his upcoming exhibition, RUMBLE, with Ben Brown at Goodspace on 31st May.

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Adelaide -

Ollie Margan is the young gun who runs and co-owns Maybe Mae and Bread & Bone; the moody cocktail den and its big brother grill restaurant in Adelaide’s Peel Street. “I guess I was somewhat pre-programmed to end up doing what I do now,” Ollie tells us. Originally from the Hunter Valley, Ollie grew up in a restaurateur/winemaking family. Really, it’s a wonder he’s not permanently over the limit, with booze like that in his blood. We had a quick yarn to find out how things are ticking along down south…

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