We are really pleased to announce that, after much soul searching Rob and I have decided to take part in Shitbox Rally Summer 2023! Shitbox Rally is an extremely worthy cause, being the largest community led fundraiser for the Cancer Council in Australia and having raised well over $30 million since it's inception in 2009! Through the generous support of our family and friends, the 2021 event saw us contribute $12,000 towards a rally total of nearly $3million. In March next year, 250 teams will drive cars worth less than $1500 from Rockhampton to Hobart via some of Australia's toughest roads (and, hopefully, at some point, a boat). To participate as a team we need to achieve a minimum fundraising target of $5000. These funds go to the Cancer Council and we are extremely proud to be doing our part to support such a worthy charity.
Both of us have been affected by cancer over the past few years. My close cousin and Rob’s good mate/unofficial brother-in-law, David Gritching, lost his long battle in 2017 at the age of 53 (he's the one in the loud shirt). My mother Mabel, after whom we named our rally 2021 car, and Rob’s aunt, also went the same way a little earlier. As well as getting the car ready and to the starting line in Rockhampton, which will be a feat in itself, we again need support to get us over the 'financial' starting line.
The fundraising is the hard part, so any donation you can give is greatly appreciated. Please make sure to follow our progress via this page and the blog post below.
Shitbox Rally is the adventure of a lifetime challenging participants and their cars, worth no more than $1,500, over a 7 day across Australia endeavour 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.
More than $30 million over the past 12 years has been raised by Box Rallies to date, supporting ground-breaking projects such as:
These projects wouldn’t be possible without your support.