We lost our father to prostate cancer in July 2018 at the age of 63. In September, Ethan also lost a good friend, Guyon Cates, to bowel cancer at the age of 56. Our grandfather, Max and Ethan's father-in-law, Ken, are survivors of prostate cancer. Ethan's mother-in-law, Rosalind, is a survivor of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. I bet most people wouldn’t have to think too hard to find someone close to them who has been affected by it. Different people deal with things in different ways: we are doing the Shitbox Rally in October 2019 that will see us drive a two-wheel-drive car worth no more than $1,000 for 3,614 kilometres along mostly dirt roads, through the Australian Outback, from Melbourne to Townsville to raise money for The Cancer Council. To make things more interesting, we are hoping to supply all our own fuel derived from waste vegetable oil. I hope you’ll follow us (figuratively speaking) on this journey and if you could spare a few dollars to support the cause, we’d be most appreciative. 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 $1,000, 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 $15 million has been raised by Box Rallies to date, supporting ground-breaking projects such as:
These projects wouldn’t be possible without your support.