We are really pleased to announce that we're taking part in Shitbox Rally 2019 Spring!! This year, all the teams are driving their shitboxes from Melbourne to Townsville, via Birdsville... Shitbox Rally is the largest community lead fundraiser for the Cancer Council in Australia and is now in its 10th 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 2019 Spring rally target 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.
Lets introduce you to our team:
Brett Hobson, 32 years old, works as a Yard Manager of a formwork supply company in Minto, Sydney. Originally from Grahamstown, South Africa, moved to Australia in June 2016 and is currently living in Darlinghurst, Sydney.
"I first heard about the shitbox rallies last year and have wanted to enter ever since. I think it will be a great way for me to explore parts of Australia that I would probably never see otherwise and to meet some new people along the way. With all the proceeds raised going to the cancer council, this has a special meaning to me as my father is currently living with Leukemia and I lost both my grandfathers to cancer."
Nico Holtzhausen, 33 years old, works as an Operations Manager for a formwork supply company in Parramatta, Sydney. Originally from Kenton-On-Sea, South Africa, moved to Australia in October 2013 and currently living in Wilton, NSW.
"My father passed away recently and I see this as a journey of renewal and letting go and moving forward. Many of my family members and friends are living with, or have died from cancer. Any difference that the money raised can make in someone’s life is priceless. The fact that I get to do this trip with a childhood friend in remote Australia is an unbelievable bonus!"
A few weekends ago myself and Nico attended the Manheim Auction in Sydney to bid on shitboxes that had just completed the Perth to Sydney rally. After having a look at all the cars, we had our sights set on a 3 cars. Bidding got under way and one of the cars we were interested in came through soon after. Neither of us had ever been to a live auction and so it's fair to say we were both nervous. Nico was in charge of bidding and we decided that our limit would be $500. Before we knew it, bidding was over $500 but we were so caught in the moment we just went with it and next thing we knew the hammer dropped , and we are the proud owners of a 1992 Holden Rodeo Dual Cab with 430,000 km's on the clock. We paid $600 for it so it didn't break the bank.
Soon after we had purchased our "shitbox" a lady approached us and congratulated us on our purchase. She went on to tell us that the Ute used to belong to her Dad. He had owned it up until he sadly passed in 2015 from cancer. She had in fact learned to drive in this vehicle. She assured us that even though it was approaching half a million kilometres, it had never let her, or her family down. She decided to take part in a shitbox rally in this ute, in honour of her father. Her journey took her from Mackay to Hobart in 2016. She decided to part ways with it after the rally and allowed it to be auctioned off. She didn't expect to see it again. Two weeks ago she was following the start of the Perth - Sydney Shitbox on Facebook and spotted her Father's old ute at the start line! She eagerly followed the progress of the rally, and was at the finish line in Sydney to welcome the team over the line. We also met the two guys who drove the ute from Perth and they said it never skipped a beat, and didn't even get a puncture! This gives us a lot of confidence that we will make it up to Townsville in one piece, fingers crossed!
Our team name is; Kalahari Ferrari. We both grew up on farms in the Karoo, South Africa. In the Karoo those old banged up bakkies (what we call a ute in South Africa) that are often seen driving around, are sometimes referred to as Kalahari Ferrari's, and we have ended up buying one!
In order to take part in this rally we need raise money for the cancer council and we humbly ask you to consider assisting us with a kind sponsorship. This is how you can support our team. There are three methods of sponsorship that are -
A company/business paying for their logo to appear on our car, on the Shitbox Website (including a link to their website - make sure you fill in the URL). The cost to sponsor is $110 inc GST. For example, if a company/business wishes to sponsor our team $1,000, Box Rallies will invoice the company for $110 inc GST for the sponsorship rights (logo on your car & websites). The invoice will state the donation amount for the Cancer Council of $890 and the total amount payable of $1,000. We will accept multiple company sponsorships and will make sure each company logo is displayed prominently on our Kalahari Ferrari. The Kingswood 125 Jubilee Logo will be prominently displayed on the front and centre, and we will place then place the sponsors logos all over the car, one per panel. (The supporting company/business or your team provides the logo & sticker, it can be any size).
A company/business/person can make a donation to team Kalahari Ferrari without expecting anything in return. This can be done on our donation page, you will receive a receipt. When completing your Tax return you can then submit this receipt as part of the donations section and will be reimbursed a large portion of the donation.
In Kind Donation
A company/business/individual gives us a gift (not money) to help raise funds such as a hamper to auction off or tyres for our vehicle or even time e.g. mechanical help. They can have their logo on our car, but not on the website. (NB: the value of what the company supplied must be over $100.)
There are a lot of additional costs that we will cover ourselves, and help with these would be a greatly appreciated!
Car registration (our car has to be road worthy and registered to participate) +- $1,000
Transport of our car to Melbourne +- $800
2x Flights, Sydney to Melbourne +- $400
2x Spare Wheels & Tyres +-150
2x Jerry Cans +-$100
2x Flights, Townsville to Sydney +- $500
Shitbox Rally is the adventure of a lifetime challenging participants and their cars, worth no more than $1,000, this year for the 10th year anniversary rally, 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.
Almost $20 million has been raised by Box Rallies to date, supporting ground-breaking projects such as:
These projects wouldn’t be possible without your support.