We are two Victorian train drivers participating in a fundraising car rally for the Cancer Council. This is the Shitbox Rally, which pits Australia's worst cars against Australia's worst roads. The objective is to drive a car worth less than $1,000 from Alice Springs to the Gold Coast via the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Of course we have to get there first, and because we like doing things the hard way, we will be going to Alice Springs via Oodnadatta. Will our $900 Corolla even make it to the starting line? We wouldn't be the first Shitboxers to kill a car before the rally even starts!
Of course, the main aim is to raise funds for the Cancer Council, who direct your donations to cancer research. We're driving for our Railway comrades, our families, and our friends who have been affected by this pernicious illness. This is In memory of loved ones lost, and in support of cherished survivors.
Shitbox Rally is the largest community led fundraiser for the Cancer Council in Australia and is now in its 12th year. All teams have to raise a minimum of $5,000 to participate, and many achieve much more. We are proud that we have raised over $15,000 thus far, mainly from our fellows in the Driving grade.
Any donation you can make is greatly appreciated. You can keep track of the rally on Facebook, and we add our donors to our private mailing list to keep you informed.
Scroll down the page if you want to know more about Box Rallies, and the Cancer Council's grants to primary research.
Thank you, safe travels,
Brenton Hands and Lachie A'Vard,
Team name, Back at Dynon.
Shitbox Rally is the adventure of a lifetime challenging participants and their cars, worth no more than $1,000, on a 7 day drive across Australia to raise money for cancer research.
The rally is not a race – it’s a fun, colourful, unpredictable adventure with participants travelling at their own pace in smaller groups. Vehicles often break down but “we never leave anyone behind” and each night is spent camping beneath the stars and celebrating the day’s achievements. It all adds up to an incredible opportunity to see Australia’s vast and beautiful countryside and make lifelong friends, many brought together after experiencing cancer themselves or seeing cancer impact family and friends.
Since it’s inception the rally has been the largest fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally.
Shitbox Rally is a dedicated fundraising event for cancer research with funds going to Cancer Council.
Cancer Council is one of the largest non-government funders of cancer research in Australia. We conduct and fund research studies across all cancers and all stages of the cancer journey.
Thanks to the community funds raised such as Shitbox Rally we can fund world-class research that reduces the impact of cancer for everyone.
Over $26 million has been raised by Box Rallies to date, supporting ground-breaking projects such as:
These projects wouldn’t be possible without your support.