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!"
For our ride had some trouble. We initially bought a 1992 Holden Rodeo (veteran of two previous shitbox rallies) with the intention for using it. However when we tried to get it registered, the cheapest quote we received for work that had to be done was $2,300, and then we still would have to transport it to Melbourne. So we had to return to the drawing board.
We then came across an add for a great little, 1 owner, Mazda Metro in Melbourne with 141 xxx kms on the clock. We contacted the owner, Geoff Lowe, and soon we had struck a deal. Geoff has been a great help. He even offered to get the car to a mechanic to get it checked and cleared. We really appreciate his generosity and assistance, without which, we would have been in a bit of a pickle.
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.