Travelling the state raising money for charity

Lorie Norton, of Twice as Nice Gallery Cafe, is travelling around Australia and selling coffee along the way to raise funds for charity in his 1949 Leyland Sydney double decker bus.
Lorie Norton, of Twice as Nice Gallery Cafe, is travelling around Australia and selling coffee along the way to raise funds for charity in his 1949 Leyland Sydney double decker bus.

Lorie Norton had no idea how to make a coffee eight months ago.

But now he is travelling around Australia in his 1949 Leyland Sydney double decker bus and making coffee for just a five dollar donation.

The proceeds go to the Eli's Gift foundation - an Australian charity who give 100 percent of profits to families with sick children.

He has donated over $25,000 towards the Foundation since he set off in March.

Since November 19, Mr Norton has been parked at the Clare Caravan Park slinging espressos from his Twice as Nice Gallery Cafe to campers.

He had nothing but positive things to say about the town.

"Clare is amazing, it is a beautiful and humble little town " he said.

"The people that are coming through the town are absolutely amazing."

The journey started 12 years ago when he saved the bus from wreck and ruin for $900. From there the idea to take it on a charity drive around Australia manifested.

Over the next few years he restored the vintage automobile through recycled materials and generous donations, which would become a common theme once he departed Melbourne.

Mr Norton was put in touch with Daniel Healey, the father of Eli, through Daniel's mother who allowed him to do-up the bus on her farm.

This was the catalyst that set the wheels of his journey in motion.

Mr Norton was staying at the Caravan Park free of charge and had received a small bag of coffee beans from Horrocks Bounty's Hayden Maher.

Serendipitously, the Watervale-based coffee roasters produce a 'Bus Blend'.

From Clare, Mr Norton was to spend a week in the Barossa Valley before heading west to Port Wakefield and potentially back to Clare for the Christmas break.

While in the Barossa, he would set up camp in the Nuriootpa Big Four caravan park.

He would make pit-stops in Whyalla and Port Lincoln in the New Year before crossing the Nullarboor into Western Australia.

But Mr Norton would not be gone forever though, as he planned to return to South Australia from Darwin next August.

On that trip he would arrive in Adelaide after travelling through Coober Pedy, eventually making his way to Mount Gambier on his way back to Melbourne by the Great Ocean Road.

Mr Norton planned to make Twice as Nice a permanent, stationary cafe in Melbourne with the proceeds still to go to Eli's Gift.

He also had a number of other buses he planned to restore and turn into a fleet of mobile cafe's which would all raise money for various charities.

For now though, Mr Norton said he was taking it "one coffee at a time."

Anyone who wished to follow Mr Norton's journey or get him to make a stop in their town could contact him via his Facebook page 'Twice as Nice Gallery Cafe'.

This story South Australia is Twice as Nice for Lori first appeared on Northern Argus.