Driving change for muscular dystrophy

By Kirra Livingstone

LORIE Norton discovered more than a year ago, that his friend’s father had died from muscular dystrophy.

Later, he found out another four people in his wider community also had the debilitating condition.

After taking part in his first charity drive, Eli’s gift from 2019-2022, he decided to do something to help raise funds and awareness for muscular dystrophy.

Fast forward to over a year later, Lorie has been travelling around Australia in a 1949 double decker bus he renovated 15 years ago.

He stays in two or three towns a week, selling coffee to raise money for the charity Muscular Dystrophy Australia, and to date has raised $14,179.

Lorie stayed at Ingenia Holidays Landsborough for a few days last week, and left on Monday to stay in Warana, followed by a stay Eumundi.

His traveling café, gallery and tiny house is called Coraźon, which means heart in Spanish, because for him, this charity and cause is all about the heart.

“Becoming aware of how common it was and that there were people out there who didn’t have a light shining for them, I thought it was time to get back on the road to do something about it,” he said.

“I left from Perth, and I’ve been on the road for this charity run for over a year now and driven from Perth all the way down to Melbourne and back up the east coast again.

“So far on the buses journey it has done 32,000km around Australia at 45km per hour.”

As well as selling coffee, Lorie sells coffee art to fund his charity drive.

“I purely fund food, fuel and operating costs of the bus from painting on the reusuable paper coffee cups with coffee waste,” he said.

Visit https://mdaus.auraffles.com.au to buy raffles tickets for a chance to win a Harley Davidson, with all proceeds going to Muscular Dystrophy Australia.