Martin and Jon are really pleased to announce that they are taking part in Shitbox Rally in 2019!! This year, all the teams are driving their shitboxes 5150kms from Perth to Sydney, via Uluru... 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 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. Please make sure to follow our progress via this page and the blog post below.
As team Leggo! we will be driving our 1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Coupe (yes that’s right!) across the country starting in Perth on May 8th and finishing in Sydney on May 17th. This year, our team is aiming to raise $25,750 ($5 for every one of those 5,150km!) to help smash the rally’s $1.96M record from last year!
Cancer simply must be eradicated, and better treated in the interim. More research into the different forms of cancer is vital. Martin personally lost his mother to cancer in 2006 and this motivates him not only for the health of his own family, especially having four daughters, but also for that of our community so that others don’t have to face the grief of prematurely losing a family member. Jon’s mother-in-law Jacquie is a breast cancer survivor (at age 88 no less!), and like all of us Jon’s life has been touched by many friends and relatives suffering and/or passing from cancer in its various forms. Jon himself is a melanoma survivor – got it just in time (although he describes the event as “trivial compared to what Jacquie went through”). We are both driven by these experiences to do our part to make a difference.
Please help us to change lives! Thank you.
Shitbox Rally is the adventure of a lifetime challenging participants and their cars, worth no more than $1,000, on a 7 day drive across Australia 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.
Day 1 - we have passed the first test and made it to Kalgoorlie! The trip was smooth for our whole buddy group and the car purred the whole way. First run on the dirt tomorrow.
Photo at the start line.
Morning 2 - campsite at Kalgoorlie.
Evening of day 3 - and we have made it to Warakurna! We are now in very remote WA, about 100 kms from the NT border. Over the last 2 days we have survived dust (so much dust!), corrugations, tyre- shredding stones and massive road trains. Couldn’t post yesterday or today as there has been no internet connection. Rather poor connection here too, so I’m afraid photos will have to wait.
Damage list - so far for us only one flat - went down overnight so was fixed in camp before we left. On the road today 2 of our buddy group did 3 tyres between them, but on these roads, in normal road cars, that’s excellent going.
1730 kms down ( 780 of which was unsealed over the last 2 days) about 3400 to go.
Onward to Uluru tomorrow!
Evening day 4 and we’ve made Uluru! Smooth trip today for the whole buddy group although some cars becoming temperamental. In our case the radio and the battery - a few jump starts over the last few days. So far only 2/250 cars have died irreparably- a tribute to the support crews. A photo at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) -
Day 10 and we finally have usable internet again! Quite unbelievable how remote our route has been. Even last night at Cudgegong - only 256km from Sydney - we had no internet. Anyway we’ve had an incredible trip and the car hasn’t missed a beat - except the head fell off south of Uluru. ☹️☹️☹️ Very sad!
all the cars in our buddy group are still going. One cracked its transmission but topping up the fluid is getting it home. The bigger problem was a split radiator but support once again got us going with a patch.
As I write this we are passing through Lithgow. Only 2 hours to go. Hard to believe!
And we made it! Thanks for your amazing support everyone - we have together put a dent in cancer that we can all be proud of. Some photos to come tomorrow - right now we’re in desperate need of a shower, a proper meal and a good sleep!
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.