Goal $5,000
Fundraising for Cancer Council
Cancer Council
Shitbox Rally Summer 2023
Our Story …

Tony & I are very pleased to announce that we're taking part in our second Shitbox Rally early next year. All teams are driving their shitboxes from Rockhampton to Hobart.

Shitbox Rally is the largest community lead fundraiser for the Cancer Council in Australia and is now in its 13th year. Part of the participation is that all teams have to raise a minimum of $5,000 but most teams raise well above this amount as you can see with the 2023 Summer rally target is set at $2,000,000 plus.

These funds go to the Cancer Council and we are extremely proud to be doing our part to support such a worthy charity. 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.

Cancer has affected our lives in many ways. My Dad, (Peter O'Brien) was a career Royal Australian Navy Sailor and a decorated Vietnam Veteran. He died from Cancer at just 38 years old. He died before he had an opportunity to see me and my brother grow up. My brother was only 5 years old when our Dad died. Tony and I have been married for 41 years and have 9 wonderful Children (6 sons and 3 daughters) and 11 Grandchildren with many more grandchildren to come in the future. Cancer has taken so many wonderful family memories away from us and our family. Our own Daughter Amie Meehan is a Cancer Survivor. We lost a very dear Uncle Bob and recently Tony lost his best friend Carl Binns to Cancer and we have lost many other friends. Raising money for the Cancer Council will help fund research to find a future cure. Thanks for your support.

We wish to dedicate our rally participation and fundraising efforts to the following: Grandfather Peter "Obbie" O'Brien RIP, Uncle Robert "Bob" Kersten RIP, Auntie Sue Kersten Fighter and Survivor, Daughter Amie Meehan Fighter and Survivor, Grandpa Thomas Kersten Senior Fighter and Survivor, Simon "SAS" Schofield RIP, Carl "Binnsy" Binns RIP, Joanne Meehan Double Fighter and Survivor.

Peace, Love & Hugs. Aileen & Tony Kersten

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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.

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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.

More than $30 million over the past 12 years 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.