Goal $10,000
Fundraising for Cancer Council
Cancer Council
Shitbox Rally 2019 Autumn
$15,550
Raised
156%
Our Story …

G'day Family and Friends!

Thank you for visiting the Masters of Disaster WE GIVE page. 

John and Ian (who have been friends for 28 years) are very excited to be taking part in Shitbox Rally in 2019! The Shitbox Rally is the largest community lead fundraiser for the Cancer Council in Australia and next year will be its 10th anniversary. John and Ian are extremely proud to be doing our part to support such a worthy charity.

Cancer is a diagnosis that no-one wants to hear. More than 120,000 Australians are diagnosed with cancer each year. Cancer Council Australia predicts one in 18 Australians will have faced a cancer diagnosis by 2040. It is not uncommon for more than one member of a family to have cancer.

Cancer is the true master of disaster and our drivers personally know the unfairness of the disease all too well. When presented the opportunity to participate in the Shitbox Rally and raise funds for cancer research they jumped at the opportunity. They hope their fund raising contribution will help to disrupt the disease. Of course travelling from Perth to Sydney via Uluru in a Shitbox sounded like an opportunity too good to miss. Please make sure to follow the Masters of Disaster's progress via this page and the blog post below.

John and Ian recognise like most people that the fundraising is the hardest part, so any donation that you can give is greatly appreciated.

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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.

raised: $2,640,505
target: $2,000,000
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10 months ago
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John Smith gave $20.00.
Go Dad & Ian, I hope you have a great trip ;) I'm very proud of you both. Love Chelly xoxo
7 months ago
Thanks Chelly Dad & Ian
8 months ago
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Jill Follington gave $20.00.
Good luck boys, I am very proud of your commitment. Love Jilly
8 months ago
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Julie Gamlin gave $25.00.
Good Luck to you both Ivor and Julie Gamlin
8 months ago
Hi Julie and Ivor, Thank you for your kind donation. It has lifted our fundraising spirits this morning ... we really appreciate your support :) We will keep you updated on our progress with the fundraising and rally preparation. Cheers, John and Ian The Masters of Disaster SHITBOX Rally 2019
8 months ago
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Pat & Kellie Kelleher gave $50.00.
Great cause guys, enjoy the journey.
8 months ago
Hi Pat & Kellie, Thanks for the generous donation. We really appreciate the best wishes. Looking forward to 10 days on the road in our shitbox! Ian & John
8 months ago
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Amanda Plusnin gave $50.00.
Go John! Goodluck you master of disaster you!!
8 months ago
Thanks Amanda! Keep following us on the FB page ... no doubt we will come unstuck somewhere ;) Cheers John
7 months ago
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Bob Locke gave $100.00.
I'D RATHER BE SAILING!
7 months ago
Thanks Bob. You are probably right. When we are broken down somewhere between Perth and Sydney, sitting in red dust and curing each other we'll be thinking "I'D RATHER BE SAILING WITH BOB!" Thanks for the support mate Ian & John
7 months ago
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Merc Moldrich gave $50.00.
Best wishes for a super rally and massive kudos for supporting a great cause!
7 months ago
Thanks Merc. We really appreciate the support mate. Cheers John & Ian
7 months ago
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CRF Carpentry & Construction P/L gave $100.00.
Have a blast xox
6 months ago
Hi Melissa, Thanks for the generous donation and support of the rally team. We are destined to have a blast ... you may have gheard on the family grapevine that the shitbox lasted about 6kms on the 1st run. We now only need to get it to go 1000 times further by May 2019. Cheers, Ian & John
7 months ago
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$605.00 was received
Bunnings sausage sizzle - Mermaid Waters
7 months ago
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Teleo Design gave $500.00.
Teleo wishes you all the best on this venture. May your vehicle deliver more than shit
7 months ago
Hi Eric, Thanks for the very generous support mate. We have selected the most appropriate vehicle for the rally - a very beautiful Volvo 850. Its probably the only Swede we'll see on the trip and destined to land us in all manner of $#!? We'll let yu know when the mean machine is on the road! Cheers Ian & John
7 months ago
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Cameron Bird gave $10.00.
Good work father
7 months ago
Thanks Cameron. Appreciate the help in finding the Swedish shitbox ... you've made your Dad's day - luxury, air con and cruise control for $1000!
7 months ago
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Mitch Basnett gave $25.00.
Good luck guys
6 months ago
Hi Mitch, Thanks for the support mate. We really appreciate it! We'll need all the luck we can muster, the young Swedish lass we are taking on the trip appears to be a little bit of a ... SHITBOX! Cheers, Ian & John
7 months ago
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QUT Graduate School of Business gave $890.00.
6 months ago
Dear Bob, Thanks you to you and the team at the QUT Graduate School of Business for the support of the Masters of Disaster Rally Team. Our fundraising efforts are progressing very well and with your donation we are now at 83% of our $10,000 target. Cheers, John & Ian
7 months ago
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Steve Follington gave $50.00.
6 months ago
Hi Steve, Thanks for the donation. We really appreciate it. Cheers, Ian & John
7 months ago
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$698.50 was received
Bunnings BBQ Mermaid Waters
7 months ago
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$43.00 was received
Mitch Supple
7 months ago
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$5,000.00 was received
Anonymous
6 months ago
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John Sneddon gave $100.00.
go hard or go home Masters of Disaster
6 months ago
Hi John, Thanks for the support mate. Your comment 'go hard or go home' is perfect for our adventure. The SHITBOX couldn't get from Sydney to Port Macquaries so we might change the saying to just 'stay at home'. No doubt we are destined to have a some disaster ... and loving it! Cheers, John & Ian
6 months ago
If my typing & sentence structure is any indication of the journey we are doomed ;)
6 months ago
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Katie Nohr gave $10.00.
Congratulations John!!! Good luck with it all... Hats off!. Hope you are well. The EMBA is done. Hopefully will see you again some time. Best wishes with the quest.
6 months ago
Hi Katie, Thanks for the donation ... much appreciated. We have our Shitbox, a beautiful old Volvo. It doesn't run too well at the momemnt but we have a couple of months to get her moving (literally). Congrats on the EMBA completion! I did notice on LinkedIn a photo with an award, very well deserved. I'll finish the rally and head to China the next day to joint Cohort 18. Should be FUN! Take care JOHN
6 months ago
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Genevieve Castell gave $50.00.
6 months ago
Hi Genevieve, Thanks for the generous donation. You have far exceeded Cameron's donation so you definitely meet our definition of the 'better half'! Thanks Ian & John
6 months ago
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Sara Donnelly gave $15.00.
6 months ago
Hi Sara, A sausage sandwich and a $ donation all within 24 hours ... you are a supporter! We wonder when Molly is going to donate? Thanks John & Ian
6 months ago
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$1,659.85 was received
Bunnings BBQs at Mermaid Waters and Nerang
5 months ago
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Theresa Waters gave $50.00.
Best of Luck for the race! A wonderful cause to be fundraising for. Kale & Theresa Waters
5 months ago
Thanks Kale and Theresa. We really appreciate the support. It is looking promising now that FREDA doesn't appear to be overheating. It certainly agree it a great cause ... we've had fun so far with our fundraising. Remember the Onions are under the sausage ;) Thanks again Ian & John
5 months ago
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We are very excited to have reached our fundraising goal BUT we won't be stopping here! Please encourage your friends and family to contribute to this worthy cause.

ALL DONATIONS OVER $2 WLL GET A TAX RECEIPT AND ARE TAX DEDUCTABLE!

Our Shitbox, FREDA, a lovely 24 year old Volvo 850 is now running smoothly and most importantly not overheating! We have got a dozen or so tapes for the tape deck and are looking forward to hitting the road in May. 

5 months ago
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Neil Whisson gave $50.00.
Go for it guys and don't forget the "wetwipes". All the best! Neil
3 months ago
Thanks Neil. We appreciate the donation and advice regarding the wipes. We have just been informed that we will only have water to wash with on 3 out of the 10 days. 2-3000 wipe should suffice ... I don't know about washing hair though??? Cheers John & Ian
5 months ago
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Jennifer Spalding gave $500.00.
In memory of our son Ben and too many other family members and friends. Thank you for your fundraising efforts and best of luck in the rally. You are sure to have a great time. Jen and Geoff
3 months ago
Dear Jen and Geoff, Not sure where we start with thanking you for the support for the rally and fund raising. It is truly as stellar effort that we thoroughly appreciate. We will take the memory of Ben along on the trip with us. We have all lost too many loved one to this insidious disease state. We are hopeful that the money we raise will help to eliminate the disease in the future so that families like all ours do not have to go through it. Thank you again for your support. Best wishes Ian & John
5 months ago
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HF Hand Constructors Pty Ltd gave $250.00.
Well done to you both! We can not wait to follow your journey.
3 months ago
Thanks HF Hand - proudly carrying your logo on the front of FREDA. We really appreciate the support. Only 5 weeks to launch date. We hope the old girl makes it to Sydney tomorrow; no issues with Captain Mutley at the helm. Cheers Ian & John
5 months ago
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Cambrook Services NSW Pty Ltd gave $100.00.
Congratulations on exceeding your Target, well done to you both
3 months ago
Thanks Cambrook Services. We appreciate the very generous support. We've just clocked $12,000 tonight so exceeding target at 120%. Cheers Ian & John
5 months ago
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Dunbar Management Holdings Pty Ltd gave $200.00.
3 months ago
Thanks Dunbar Management. We appreciate the very generous donation. Regards Ian & John
5 months ago
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Savian Joint Venture gave $200.00.
3 months ago
Thanks Savian JV. We appreciate the generous donation. Cheers Ian & John
3 months ago
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Steve Grimmer gave $50.00.
I'd get a family size werther's oringals pack if I were you, gonna be a looong drive. Oh, and good luck too!
3 months ago
Thanks Steve. We'll need it. No A/C so windows down the whole way ... lots of dust! We appreciate the best wishes mate. Cheers John & Ian
3 months ago
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Ian Baxter gave $50.00.
3 months ago
Thanks Mr Baxter. FREDA will be up sale at the end of the rally, perhaps she's the car you are looking for? Cheers John & Ian
3 months ago
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Todd Symmons gave $50.00.
Have fun gents!
3 months ago
Thanks Todd. We will have fun that's for sure. We appreciate the support. Cheers John & Ian
3 months ago
Thanks Todd. We will have fun that's for sure. We appreciate the support. Cheers John & Ian
3 months ago
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Barry Thomas gave $100.00.
Go guys
3 months ago
Thanks Barry. Your generous donation is much appreciated. We know how much you love travelling to unique places so we will keep you updated online. Cheers John & Ian
3 months ago
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Emily Williams gave $50.00.
3 months ago
Thanks Emily We appreciate your help in promoting the fundraising at Cook! Thanks John & Ian
3 months ago
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Stacy Armstrong gave $20.00.
Good luck!
3 months ago
Thanks Stacy. We really appreciate the support. Kind regards John & Ian
3 months ago
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Brett Hage gave $50.00.
Good Luck
3 months ago
Thanks Brett ... you are a great administrator ;) Cheers John & Ian
3 months ago
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Jim Garrett gave $59.00.
In memory of my mother, Judith J. Garrett
3 months ago
Thanks Jim. Great to get a donation from the USA. We're not driving a VW like yours but the Volvo will have to do. Thanks for sharing your story. We'll take your Mom along on the rally with us. Cheers John & Ian
3 months ago
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Christine Preston gave $50.00.
Good Luck John, stay safe. Thanks for raising money for a fantastic cause.
3 months ago
Thanks Chris. Thanks for sharing your story with John. Every bit counts in the journey to eradicate cancer. Take care John & Ian
3 months ago
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Courtney Edwards gave $20.00.
Good Luck Guys Courtney (Chris Preston's Daughter)
3 months ago
Thanks Courtney. We appreciate the support. Cheers John & Ian
3 months ago
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Anonymous gave $100.00.
Best of luck. I hope your and your tennis balls will ace it :-)
3 months ago
Thanks for the generous donation. We hope that the tennis ball do the trick ... we aren't too confident though. Watch the updates in 5 weeks when we start the rally.
3 months ago
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Katie-Lou Buscher gave $50.00.
In memory of my dear friend Margaret. Thank-you and good luck John & Ian!
3 months ago
Thanks for your generous donation Katie - we will take Margaret with us on the journey. John & Ian
3 months ago
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John Foster gave $100.00.
3 months ago
G'day John. We appreciate the super generous donation from the US. We will keep you update of our progress. Do you think we should have used netballs instead of tennis ball? Regards Fair dinkum Shitboxers John & Ian
3 months ago
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Mark Muller gave $100.00.
3 months ago
Hi Mark, Thanks for the super generous support throughout the entire fund raising journey. It is really appreciated. Cheers John & Ian
3 months ago
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James Guy gave $50.00.
Good Luck!!
3 months ago
Thanks James. No luck required (but the message received with much thanks). Should be an easy trip from your home town (haha) Thanks for the generous donation. Cheers John & Ian
3 months ago
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Alex Buddery gave $50.00.
This represents the 50m you're car will travel.
3 months ago
Thanks Alex. Great to see someone has the same level of confidence we have in FREDA. Thanks for the super generous support of the team and our fund raising! Cheers John & Ian
3 months ago
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Anonymous gave $50.00.
Good on you for actually doing something for cancer research. I always just talk about doing this sort of stuff. If I had known earlier that eating cake would help cancer research we would have a cure by now.
3 months ago
Thanks Anonymous - all that previous cake eating was just preparing you for this moment. We appreciate the generous support. Cheers John & Ian
3 months ago
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Alex Buddery gave $50.00.
Dear ATO: I did not receive any cake for this donation.
3 months ago
Dear Alexander, Our records indicate the purchase and consumption of GST applicable goods. Photographs have been secured ....................................................................................................................................Thanks for the generous donation mate. Cheers John & Ian
3 months ago
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Kell Jones gave $50.00.
Hope to see you again Smithy.... hahaha -Kell !
3 months ago
Mr Jones. A very inspirational message indeed ;) It is highly likely there will be a disappearance of sorts. Thanks for the generous donation. Cheers John & Ian
3 months ago
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Anonymous gave $50.00.
Good luck gents and have a ball!
3 months ago
Thanks Mate. We appreciate the generous support. We are looking forward to the rally starting. Its a great way to celebrate our loved ones and fundraising efforts. Cheers John & Ian
3 months ago
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Miriam McMahon gave $50.00.
What could go wrong!!!
3 months ago
Hi Miriam, Thanks for the generous donation. What could go wrong ... there's just too many things to note but we know the right engineer to call (haha ;)) Thanks again John & Ian
3 months ago
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Anonymous gave $100.00.
3 months ago
Thanks mate. We appreciate the super generous donation. Cheers John & Ian
3 months ago
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Rebekah Dammasch gave $15.00.
Good Luck! 🙂
3 months ago
Thanks Bek. I'd say 'No luck needed' but we are in a Volvo and it's a SHITBOX. Thanks for the donation, it is appreciated. Cheers John & Ian
3 months ago
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Ming Lim gave $50.00.
Good luck John!
3 months ago
Hi Ming, Thanks for the generous donation. We appreciate the support and best wishes. Cheers, John
3 months ago
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Mark Carleton gave $25.00.
Go team, all the best in the rally & good luck. Just getting an old Volvo across the line is worth a prize!!!!
3 months ago
Thanks Mark, No luck required as we are driving a trusty Volvo. Only problem we have is no access to terry towelling hats. Cheers John & Ian
3 months ago
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$484.00 was received
Cook Medical
3 months ago
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Anthony Smith gave $200.00.
John, can I use your office when you are away?
3 months ago
Thanks AS. What a super generous donation. You are a SMITH so it comes as no surprise! YES ... you can use my office for the 4.5 weeks I'll be out of the office ;) Thanks again mate. Cheers John
3 months ago
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135% of target reached today ... thanks to all of our generous supporters!

2 months ago
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Helena Sandford gave $50.00.
In memory of "Brockman" Best of Luck John and Ian
2 months ago
Thanks Helena. We'll take your thoughts of Brockman along on the rally with us. It's said that getting through the loss of a loved one takes time and everyone’s journey to healing is unique. For Ian and me the SBR couldn't be anymore unique. Thanks for the best wishes and the generous donation. If you see a 25 year old white Volvo driving around Perth on the 7th May with the Masters of Disaster logo on the sides ... that will be us! Cheers John & Ian
2 months ago
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Brett Cooper gave $50.00.
2 months ago
Mr Cooper (champion snag cooker) ... thanks for the donation mate! We also appreciate the help at the sausage sizzle. Looking forward to catching up post rally. Cheers John & Ian
2 months ago
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Ross Lane gave $50.00.
2 months ago
Thanks Ross. We appreciate the support, it's very generous. Cheers John & Ian
2 months ago
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Shona Mackenzie gave $50.00.
Good Luck John, what could go wrong??? Have fun!
2 months ago
Thanks Shona. What could go wrong ... too many things unfortunately! We appreciate the generous donation. Thanks for the support. Cheers John & Ian
2 months ago
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Lisa Knevitt gave $50.00.
What a journey it will be! Wishing you all the best!
2 months ago
Thanks Lisa. We appreciate the generous donation. It will be a journey. We are hopeful that the old girl will make it. If it was just 5150 on sealed roads it would be a no-brainer. Unfortunately it's not ... so we will take your best wishes plus more. ;) Cheers John & Ian
2 months ago
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David Hartley gave $100.00.
John, Have a good one, take care
2 months ago
Hi David, Thanks for the super generous donation. We think it's going to be a blast. Barry keeps telling me that you would love it; I think he is correct. The route is long and hopefully the days uneventful. Thanks for the support and emails. Cheers John
2 months ago
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Matthew Kirkman gave $50.00.
2 months ago
Hi Matt, Thanks for the generous donation. We appreciate the support of the team and the cause. Cheers John & Ian
2 months ago
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Penny Ledner gave $50.00.
Good Luck John! Hope the old girl makes it back home
2 months ago
Thanks Penny. We appreciate the generous donation. We are not too worried about the car ... hopefully the 2 old guys driver her make it back! Cheers John & Ian
2 months ago
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Sue Beith gave $50.00.
Best of Luck on your journey and follow the Southern Cross Cheers Sue
2 months ago
Thanks Sue. We appreciate the support. There may be only 2 of us in the car but we will have the memories of many loved ones travelling with us. Considering the 5150 km route and the 78 page of maps that the rally has provioded I think we will need the Southern Cross or at least a GPS :) Thanks John & Ian
2 months ago
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Marco Crescia gave $50.00.
All the best John. Well done for your work towards a great cause.......Wishing you some great times...take care, be safe....looking forward to hearing all about it. Cheers, Marco
2 months ago
Hi Marco, Sounds like you are after a slide night. It's a date. Thanks for the best wishes mate. We are hoping to raise $15,000 by the end of the rally. We are quietly confident. Thanks for the support mate. Cheers John & Ian
2 months ago
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Sally Kennedy gave $50.00.
Good luck John Smith!
2 months ago
Thanks Sally Francis :) No luck needed ... what could possibly go wrong out there in the outback??? Thanks for the generous donation. Hopefully see you soon. John & Ian
2 months ago
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Karlene Catchpole gave $50.00.
:) happy driving
2 months ago
Thanks Karlene! Happy driving? Well we might be a little over it after 5150 km but luckily we are travelling with a reliable Swedish girl called FREDA ;) Thanks for the generous donation. John & Ian
2 months ago
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Cath Bruckard gave $50.00.
Good luck John and Ian!
2 months ago
Thanks Cath. We appreciate the generous donation. We will be thinking of all of our loved one from the Bruckard clan during the road trip. Take care John & Ian
2 months ago
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Wow ... 142%! We can't believe the support from family, friends and work colleagues ... THANK YOU!

Also thanks to our sponsors ...

*Corporate sponsor - QUT Graduate School of Business

*Our employers - Cook Medical & HF Hand Constructors for their unbelievable support

*Our in-kind sponsors - Apex Signage, ADM Global, OZtrail Australia, Akubra, Blundstone & Sofitel Brisbane whose support has helped us so much.

*Thanks to the team at Bunnings for letting us sizzle way too many sausages.

*Thanks to the team at Bonny Hills Surf Club

2 months ago
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James Hall gave $250.00.
Best of luck John. Jimmy and Juanita
2 months ago
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Kerry Brown gave $200.00.
Good on you Cuz! Safe travels and have an awesome time! Lots of love, Kerry
2 months ago
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Derrick Morgan gave $50.00.
Good luck to the Masters of Disaster!
2 months ago
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Susan Robertson gave $100.00.
Go Freda, Have a great time Birdy. Take care and drive safe. Sue Robertson.
2 months ago
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Maggie Dowrick gave $50.00.
2 months ago
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Sonia O'Brien gave $50.00.
Inspirational is all I can say. Good luck and thank you!
2 months ago
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Dale Smith gave $306.00.
F-A-B Masters of Disaster! Have a great time exploring the outback, take time to seek out new life within those towns and civilizations, boldly go and may the force be with you .. keep an eye out for any wretched hives of scum and villainy,
2 months ago
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Anonymous gave $50.00.
1 month ago
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Mark, Toy an Nalina Tibbles gave $200.00.
Glad you made it safe and well boys. And whst will be of Freda now?
1 month ago
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Sharon Gray gave $100.00.
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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.

Almost $20 million 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.