Goal $8,000
Fundraising for Cancer Council
Cancer Council
Shitbox Rally Autumn 2021
$8,550
Raised
107%
Our Story …

Yes, you heard it correctly, the two Ben’s of Beecroft (Hopkins and Groth) will soon be heading out on the crazy adventure which is the Shitbox Rally. In our trusty 1997 Volvo 850, we will embark from the Gold Coast on 5 June, and arrive in Alice Springs via the Gulf of Carpentaria 7 days later (hopefully in the same car!).

For the uninitiated, the Shitbox Rally is in its 12th year, and requires participants driving a car worth no more than $1,000 approximately 4,000 kms across the outback (ie mostly on dirt!), all the name of raising funds for the Cancer Council.

We are dedicating our entry to Steve Garrigan (Ben Hopkin’s Best Mate and Groomsman), who was tragically taken by cancer only 12 months ago. Our minimum fundraising tally is $8,000 (which we hope to far exceed), to support vital research to kill off all forms of this insidious disease. We would sincerely love your help in achieving this dream. Any donation you can spare helps the Cancer Council tackle this blight on society. Please make sure to follow our progress via this page and the blog post below.

Cheers Ben and Ben.

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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.

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target: $2,450,000
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1 year ago
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Ben Groth gave $2,500.00.
Let’s kick this can down the road with gusto! We’re coming for you cancer ...
10 months ago
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Belinda Mikaelian gave $50.00.
Thanks for the difference you are making. X
10 months ago
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Lyle King gave $50.00.
All the best
10 months ago
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Mark Davison gave $50.00.
Just let it develop mate
10 months ago
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Cam Blunsden gave $50.00.
Keep up the good work 👍
10 months ago
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Nic Gurney gave $50.00.
10 months ago
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Lisa Clark gave $50.00.
Love your work cous
10 months ago
Thanks so much Clarkies! This wonder of Scandinavian engineering (in all it's clapped out glory) should be finished well before the start of the rally, and I will therefore be sure to bring it over to take you all for a spin! It even has a factory installed pop out booster seat ready for the littlest Clarkie! Gotta love those swedes! Cheers Ben
10 months ago
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Joseph Reeves gave $100.00.
Bring on 2021 the original Bodgey brothers
10 months ago
Thank you so much Joe. You're a dead set legend! Can't wait to hit the dirt again with you blokes in 2021. Make sure you boys look us up for your next fundraiser. We certainly have space in the cabinet for another 'genuine' Bodgey Brothers stubby holder (the original and the best - beware of cheap imitations ...). Cheers Ben and Chris
10 months ago
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Liz Downie gave $50.00.
10 months ago
You can't keep a good Downie down!! Thanks so much for supporting our team guys! I am genuinely touched
10 months ago
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Melissa Winkler gave $50.00.
10 months ago
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Ralph Clifton gave $50.00.
Good work as ever gents. Engineerable is happy as ever to throw in for the cause.
10 months ago
Your in danger of becoming a good man Cliffo! Thanks so much for chipping in the big ones champ, we sincerely appreciate it. I reckon we should catch up sometime in the next year or so. Come to think of it, the drive to the start line in Alice goes right past Rads (unless you know a good car freighting outfit :P). Let's lock in a date for May 2021. Say hi to Melissa and the boys for us. Take it easy bloke. Cheers Ben & Chris
10 months ago
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Kerry Paxton gave $200.00.
Your commitment and generosity to this cause always goes above and beyond. We are looking forward to seeing the Volvo uncovered and brought to life for next year's challenge!
10 months ago
There are good people, there are awesome people, and then there are the Paxton's. A truly humbling donation from a wonderful family of humans (and a gorgeous, fluffy puppy!). Thank you so much for your perennial support. Fear not, the covers will be taken of mighty Volvo before you know it, allowing play to recommence! Cheers Ben and Chris
10 months ago
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Ronda Broadbridge gave $100.00.
10 months ago
Thank you so much for your support for the cause Auntie Ronda (year, after year, after year!). We are gutted that the rally has been postponed for 12 months, but are absolutely stoked that with everything as crazy as it is at the moment, the support from our family and friends is unwavering. Once this car is fully prepared, get your racing suit out of the closet, I'm taking you for a spin! Cheers Ben
10 months ago
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Justine Gray gave $50.00.
10 months ago
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's one of the loveliest people on the plant ... Super Juzzy! Your generosity knows no bounds Justine. Thank you so much for your endless support (and not just for the rally). I'm looking forward to returning the favour for your next (inevitably non-motorised) adventure challenge that you sign up for. Please make sure you send the details through! Cheers Ben
10 months ago
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Paul Moroney gave $100.00.
I'm calling for a Mole Company 9 muster post Kung-Flu.
10 months ago
[Apply David Attenborough voice over] Although part of the Talpidae family, the shitboxa mole bares no resemblance, nor shares a single behavioural trait of its more commonly known insectivorous subterranean cousins. It remains solitary for much of the year, only coming together in late-May and mid-October for a 7 day migration across the Australian continent. The trek is unstoppable, with those unable to continue being assisted by others to ensure all complete the 3,500-4,000km journey. Comprising a variety of subspecies, including Molus newcastlium, Molus australis and Molus afrikanus, newly forged friend groups exist for life, and while gatherings are often irregularly held, the fun and frivolity displayed by Shitboxa moles at such moments is unparalleled in the animal world." You're a bloody legend Macca. We'll ensure that all of Company 9 gets an invite. Cheers Ben and Chris
10 months ago
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Jason Fields gave $100.00.
Go you good thing!
10 months ago
Thanks so much for your support clan Fields! Support from within the rally family is special, and very much appreciated! Looking forward to seeing you guys again soon once the global shenanigans are under control! Cheers Ben
10 months ago
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Jason Fields gave $50.00.
Hi mate, another $50 to get you closer Awesome cause, wish I was going with you
10 months ago
Cheeky bugger! I owe my best man a bottle of wine! Thanks mate, you're a bloody champion.
10 months ago
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Pip Hendy gave $100.00.
Wooooo nice work, bring on 2021 - looking forward to seeing all the great photos!!
6 days ago
Hey Pip. I’ve only just noticed that I hadn’t sent through a thank you when you made your amazing donation many months ago 😬 (I’m seriously embarrassed and very sorry!). You are a gem in every possible way! Year after year you so generously donate to the cause, and it does not go unnoticed. We sincerely appreciate your support and can’t wait to unveil this years creation at Macquarie Park soon!!
10 months ago
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Jodie McKeon gave $250.00.
6 days ago
Thanks so much Funky Lady!! I’m so sorry that we haven’t sent through a thank you until now (*self inflicts an uppercut* 🤦‍♂️). We can’t wait to get onto the car decoration and show you the finished product, so keep your eye out for this bad boy on the road! Cheers Ben and Ben
7 months ago
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Anonymous gave $75.00.
Go you good things!
2 weeks ago
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Mark Orr gave $100.00.
Nice one boys! A great cause. Good luck!
1 week ago
Hi Mark Once again, thanks for your support 👍
2 weeks ago
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Stuart Fell gave $100.00.
Great stuff!
1 week ago
Hi Stu. Once again, thank you for your support. It’s greatly appreciated Cheers
2 weeks ago
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Fiona Newham gave $160.00.
Donating funds raised through Marketplace sales.
1 week ago
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Dave Scilly gave $200.00.
good luck lads! Miss you STevo.
1 week ago
Thanks Davo. Your support is greatly appreciated. Was great chatting before 👍
1 week ago
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Gwenda Newham gave $100.00.
1 week ago
Thanks so much for your epic donation Gwenda (we are sure Paul also had a hand in it)! It's only because of people such as your good selves that we are edging closer to making cancer a distant memory!
1 week ago
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Jeremy Hopkins gave $200.00.
hey Ben(s) money is tight right now but I hope this helps and I'm really proud you're doing this in Steve's memory. Good luck fellas!
1 week ago
Thanks Bro for your support. It greatly appreciated
1 week ago
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Richard Smith gave $200.00.
Go for it guys!
1 week ago
Hi Richard and Laura. Thank you for your generous donation and offer for support with some filters from K&N. It's greatly appreciated
1 week ago
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Anonymous gave $200.00.
Safe travels Guru.
1 week ago
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Jesse Williamson gave $200.00.
Nice one Ben - cool idea and lovely sentiment!
1 week ago
Thanks Jess. We should cook some onions soon :)
1 week ago
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Anna Demetrios gave $100.00.
Good luck Ben.
1 week ago
Hi Anna. We appreciate your kind support - thank you
1 week ago
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Cindy Liu gave $100.00.
We are friends of Cassie & Susan and are delighted to be able to donate some funds for such a worthy cause. Good luck and we hope you guys make it ... if not, we hope to hear all about it!!! Cindy & Jon Pardoe
1 week ago
Hi Cindy and John. Thank you for the support, we have set up a team FB page that will be shared soon so all can watch the adventure unfold.
1 week ago
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Alison Bliss gave $200.00.
Good luck Bens and I am sure you will do Steve proud!
1 week ago
Thanks Alison. It would be an adventure that Steve would be up for. He loved a road trip. Thank you for the donation and support
1 week ago
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Hayley Richardson gave $50.00.
Great cause, brilliant idea ❤️
1 week ago
Hi Hayley. Hope all is well for you guy's in the UK. Thank you for your kind donation
1 week ago
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Phil Sansome gave $100.00.
Go Guys. Steve will be watching and cheering your efforts. Best of luck Phil S
1 week ago
Hi Phil. Thank you for your support and message. Cheers Ben
1 week ago
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Catherine Yue gave $100.00.
Good luck Ben!
1 week ago
Thanks Cathy. Your support is greatly appreciated.
1 week ago
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Christina Wade gave $100.00.
Steve and I go way back to 2010. Friends for almost 20 years. I so miss his voice and smile . I developed breast cancer in 2018 while Steve was going through his ordeal and it really is f#¥£# . I’m so glad you guys are doing this in is honour. Will be cheering you on .
1 week ago
Hi Christina. We all miss his cheeky smile and infectious personality. Thank you for your support. We have just set up a FB page that we will share shortly so our friends can follow the journey. I sincerely hope all is ok. Ben
1 week ago
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Jenny Boehm gave $50.00.
Sending you both all the very best for the the journey, proud of you ✨, The Boehm’s
1 week ago
Thanks Jenny. We really appreciate your support.
1 week ago
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Susan Moussa gave $50.00.
1 week ago
Thank you Suse. Your support is greatly appreciated x
1 week ago
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Sunil Morar gave $100.00.
Good luck with the pink slip 😊from the Morar’s
1 week ago
Dude. Thank you.
1 week ago
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Caroline Micallef gave $500.00.
Good Luck Ben & Ben with the road trip
1 week ago
Hi Caroline. Thank you so much for your generosity. It is truly humbling to both Ben and I x
1 week ago
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Caroline Micallef gave $500.00.
1 week ago
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Craig Tucker gave $15.00.
Good luck Ben. Hope the aircond works.
1 week ago
Thanks Craig. I'll be following up with Ben G about the AC ;) I'm sure it will be fine cheers
1 week ago
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Brennan Coleman gave $100.00.
Such a great idea! Good on you, guys. Godspeed!
1 week ago
B dog. Thanks man. Hope you guys are all OK in the UK. Cheers
1 week ago
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Bill Hopkins gave $100.00.
1 week ago
Thanks Dad and Trish for your support x
1 week ago
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Robyn Hopkins gave $100.00.
Good luck, Ben !!
1 week ago
Thanks Mum x
1 week ago
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Barry Twining gave $50.00.
Best wishes to the Bens in their endeavours to raise funds for cancer research & treatment.
6 days ago
Thanks so much Barry. We really appreciate your awesome support in helping kick this awful disease into history!! Cheers Ben and Ben
6 days ago
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Michelle Casey gave $200.00.
Enjoy the ride!
6 days ago
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Jonathon Llewellyn gave $100.00.
What a great initiative and in honour of a great man. Well done to the Bens! Good luck.
5 days ago
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Ronnie Dante gave $100.00.
A small contribution from my side
5 days ago
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Susan and Cassandra Garrigan gave $300.00.
Congratulations to 2 young men who are willing to make a great personal effort to help others in trouble. Travel safely and enjoy Susan
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The Impact, Outcomes & Charity

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.

Almost $24 million has been raised by Box Rallies to date, supporting ground-breaking projects such as:

  • A research study to develop a vaccine that protects against lymphoma cancers.
  • A research trial to standardise international guidelines on melanoma removal.
  • A research grant to revolutionise the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

These projects wouldn’t be possible without your support.