Help Save Scoobs!!!
HELP SAVE SCOOBS - PLEASE!
Lovingly called Scoobs in our house, the Mystery Machine has become seriously ill - and it saddens me to think she will end up as scrap metal.
So it comes to this moment where I have tried everything I can to NOT have to ask for money... but Scoobs is dying! Confirmed by two VW specialists there is unfixable corrosion in the engine and the whole engine needs replacing. This is going to cost more than Scoobs actually dollar value worth.
But Scoobs is worth so much more than $$.
In the two years I have owned Scoobs I have seen more smiles, excitement, laughter and joy in the people around me than I have in any other period of my life. I have been stopped for photos, I have driven year 12's to their formals, and I have given many joy rides around the Gold Coast to random kids (with their parents permission of course!) to kids who would "just die" if they didn't get to ride in the mystery machine.
And I'm hoping that all this community love might just help me out and save Scoob's from the scrap metal heap.
I've never been emotionally attached to a car before - but no car I've ever owned has invoked so many smiles on peoples faces.
On a more family based level - my children love Scoobs too, and this could be a great part of my asking for help... Scoobs (with her double bed and her dance floor) has opened up a world of short distance travel and camping adventures for my children, which they had so rarely experienced before - because setting up a four person tent with two tinies and and un-adulty adult just isn't the fun part of camping.
On a business based level - I am an art teacher, with my own studio just managing to support my children and my house on my own. Scoobs has been instrumental in carting my supplies for mobile classes, ferrying mini-artists from school to studio when parents have been unable to pick them up, advertising Artlis Studios and just basically being cool about allowing me to use her as a carthorse to and from places as far as an hour away so that kids don't have to miss out on their creative expression time.
I would love to continue the photo opps, the joy rides, the random strangers whooting in joy as we pass - and my children would love to continue taking her camping and using her for spontaneous roadside discos.
This is going to cost me somewhere between $5000-6000... I am saving my butt off right now to save her, but I just don't think I'll be able to get that much together by the time she decides to kick the bucket for good.
I don't have anything to offer, except that if you see me around I'll stop for a photo, feel free to bring your little boy or girl up for a closer look - or even a look inside (nothing too exciting - just a dance floor covered with artsupplies.) I'll even pretend to be Daphne (as one boy from Elanora thinks I am called) even though I'd so much rather be Velma.
If you're from around the Gold Coast I'll send you a voucher for a free art lesson if you donate more than $15.
If you're not from the Coast, I'll send you virtual hugs and love and appreciation!
Please help... Thinking of scoobs being torn to pieces in a junk yard feels like an impossible option.
Alternatively... if anyone knows of one of those Creatures from the Monster Trucks movie looking for a job...
NB: As a side note - If Scoobs doesn't get enough money to be fixed, I will refund everyones donations. And he she does!! Thankyou all so much - I'm more than happy to send you receipts for labour and parts so you can see where your money has been used :)
If anyone would like their donation refunded please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
An update - The Gold COast Bulletin put me in their newspaper! Yay.
I guess now I'm getting exposure I'm bound to get a few nasties telling me I shouldn't be asking for help - but just to clear up the few things that people have been suggesting...
"WHY DOESN'T SHE GET A JOB"
I do have a job... I work quote a few hours every week running my business - I teach during the day and some nights, and then I stay up until after midnights most nights to do my admin work. I don't have a social life, and I don't take holidays, or days off. I know I give alot away (Last term about $1000 worth of lessons, this term $460 so far) but these are to people who I am hoping are being helped by what I do. I am a single mum, living alone with my kids and I don't rely on government handouts... So I do have a job - but unfortunately once you take out kids costs, rental costs, house running costs, car running costs, business running costs - there isn't alot left over for much else.
I may get a bit stroppy about that fact - as I know I work way harder and do more for the community than some... I don't feel like I need to be told to get a job.
2. "YOU SHOULD BE INFRINGED FOR COPYWRITE"
I actually did get some advice on this, and based on the fact that it was painted like this by a business that owns the rights to distribute Scooby Doo merch and then bought and sold a few times, and the van is being used for private use (I don't make money on the van at all) it isn't copywrite protected. You're allowed to own and buy and sell used things that were originally purchased from the people who hold the copywrite.
3. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP MORE THAN YOU.
I understand this. I know there are families out there suffering and people in the world suffering and I try to get through everything on my own. I rarely ask for help. In fact I'm having trouble asking for help for this!! Ive saved some money myself, but I'm terrified I wont have enough saved by the time my car dies. So I'm asking for help. If you feel like it's not a good thing to donate to - I won't be offended at all!! Just scroll on past and ignore me :) But I do know there are some people out there who want to help and those are the people I'm trying to reach.
THANKYOU ALL SO MUCH who have supported me so far, and who are trying to support me - through donations, sharing, advice, connecting me with people who can help... I'm so appreciative of all your help x0x0
Would be amazing if it helped save Scoobs!!