If bad luck comes in threes this pair have had enough
IF BAD luck comes in threes, Rodger and Charly Bradshaw have had their quota.
The well-known Eumundi musicians lost their mode of transport and their home when a towering gumtree on Sunshine Coast Council land crashed on the Toyota campervan in April.
The van, which the couple lived in while travelling Australia performing as AzUR, was destroyed and the council refused to pay compensation.
But thanks to the efforts of Councillor Greg Rogerson, the council agreed to waive its costs so the couple could hold a fundraising concert last Saturday.
Then came their second round of bad luck. It rained.
Mr Bradshaw estimated they would have had more than 400 people come to hear local musos at the Nambour amphitheatre if it hadn't been for the weather.
The worst was yet to come.
"At least when the tree fell on my bus, I knew who to blame," Rodger Bradshaw.
About 40 people attended the event, putting several hundreds of dollars in the "VanAid" bucket to help the couple purchase a new van.
They had already paid a 50% down payment on a $5000 Mercedes Sprinter and were hoping to raise enough funds to pay the balance.
The bucket to collect donations was placed near the van and during the night Mr Bradshaw was pleased to see it contained a $100 note.
But when the concert was finished and he came to collect the bucket, someone had helped themselves. All that was left was the coins.
Not only have the Bradshaws lost any gain from the fundraising effort, they are now out of pocket for the cost of PA systems and other bits and pieces for the night.
For Mr Bradshaw, having someone steal their fundraising cash was worse than having a tree crush their van.
"At least when the tree fell on my bus, I knew who to blame," he said.
"This is more frustrating as I don't know who did it.
"I was busy playing. This is very sad. It has knocked the stuffing out of me."