We are doing the rally to honour our dad who died way too young, aged just 62. We were teenagers when he got cancer back in the seventies and must pay tribute to our mum Betty who nursed and cared for him through the tough times.
As we both approach our 60’s, it becomes clearer just how much of life there is to be lived and how devastating cancer is to families and communities across the country. We’ve had so many relatives and friends touched by cancer and we both have people close to us that are living with cancer.
So, it’s a great opportunity to help raise funds that will help to sustain the research effort that is making a difference and saving lives. James Freeman and his Shitbox Rally team are awesome. It will be a great challenge to do the rally, but raising the money is even harder.
Please get on board and help us raise money for cancer research.
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 10 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.
Dave and Jeff at the rally planning session - where do we find a car for $1000 that we first have to drive across to Perth and then it has to survive the gruelling 5,000+ km on the rally to Sydney via Uluru?
Our Shitbox arrived earlier this week! Thanks Nick Nation for being generous on price.
Its a real Shitbox for sure, but it runs OK. Commodore 2003 VY Wagon, 290,000 km on the clock, radiator leak, and a suspect alternator. I'm sure our mechanic will find other issues as well. Now the fun begins in getting this roadworthy, registered, and then prepared for the rally. We have plenty of time, but the 200 days or so until the rally start will pass by very quickly.
Our Shitbox ....
A huge amount of work has been done on our Shitbox to get it roadworthy and registered. Finally, it was registered yesterday, so I'll be using it on a daily basis looking for any signs of issues etc.
On the fundraising front we have been very fortunate to have several organisations sponsor us either in a monetary form or donating items or time. Along with the donations to our fundraising page, we are now only $680 short of the minimum amount required. We have several activities lines up post Christmas including a Bunnings BBQ with team Agents of Sheila on 18 January, so we should reach the $5,000 milestone very soon.
I've been blown away by the generosity of people, especially those donating via our team page. Many have dedicated their donations to loved ones that have passed on, or who are currently suffering from cancer. It just reinforces why we are doing this and I've realized that as we set out in May next year, we will be carrying the memories of so many people with us.
Merry Christmas everyone ... take time with family and friends and treasure the moments.
I'd just like to add that Berwick Auto Electrical and Mechanical (and their suppliers) did a great job on all the work for our car.
Thanks guys .... we will need to find space on the car for all the logo stickers.
$4820 raised as at today. So close to the start line now ….
Looking forward to helping out Team Pair of Poms with their Bunnings BBQ at Mernda on 29 December. Teams Agents of Sheila, and Hardmax are also helping.
Well its the new year and time to paint the car .....
Decorating the Shitbox - stage 1. A fun filled weekend with family ...
Bunnings BBQ Friday 18 Jan 2019 - Teams Mitch2 and Agents of Sheila. I was just a little anxious whether a Friday would be worth it. Well it was a steady day going through 36kg sausages, 20 or so loaves of bread and a few drinks. Sold the first sausage at 8am, and were all finished at 5:15pm. Made $792 which we split 50/50 with Agents of Sheila. Couldn't have done this without allot of support from Angela, Alison, Lee, Heather and others.
Decorating the Shitbox - Stage 2
$6,561 raised! Awesome and there is more to come .....
Our great sponsors fitted the new Triangle Light Truck tyres on Monday. To finish off the wheels, I've been painting rims yesterday and today. All done and looking good.
Feb 26. Latest addition to "Chips" ... the UHF.
It was great catching up with the team at KK Partners Chartered Accountants and KKP Wealth today, and we are very appreciative of their willing support and genuine interest in the rally. In fact I'm sure we will see a KKP team enter a future Shitbox Rally.
The team at both of these organisations are experts in their fields and provide great service. I know this because I've been a client of theirs for over 20 years.
A special thank you to Barry, Greg, Rob and their teams for making this possible. 👍
#kkpwealth — at KK Partners Group.
A few more stickers on the car ...
Berwick Myotherapy and Berwicl Float. Great experiences up for grabs for donations received until the end of the rally ... see our Facebook Page Team Mitch2 - Shitbox Rally.
A casual outing with Angela and Freida. Mum wanted a ride in the Shitbox .....
It's getting close now .... In just over 2 weeks Jeff and I will leave from Berwick for the road trip to Perth. Then on 8th May we head off from Perth via Uluru to Sydney on a 10 day journey that will challenge "Chips" (our car) and its drivers. In the meantime, we have Easter to enjoy with our families, early voting for the Federal Election to arrange, a final check-over for the car, and packing to get done. In any case, Chips is for the most part ready, so we just need to get ourselves organised.
$8,311 raised so far. Need to get to our target of $10,000.
30 April 2019
And so it bigins ....
Our Shitbox “Chips” is ready and it all begins tonight after I’ve collected my brother Jeff from Melbourne Airport at 10:30pm. We set off for Ballarat as our first stop. After that its goes roughly like this: Gladstone SA, Penong SA, Madura WA, Southern Cross WA and then Perth by Sunday. This will give us a couple of days in Perth to sort out any last minute issues. But the real stuff begins on Wednesday 8th May when we start the Shitbox Rally … Perth to Sydney via Uluru. That will take 10 Days and a whole lot of challenge.When we committed to this rally back in August last year, we really had no idea how much time and effort was required. Fund raising and car preparations take time, and this wouldn’t be possible without the help and support of our families. This has come in many forms, whether it be sharing regular posts and encouraging donations, working at Bunnings BBQ’s, and making fancy dress outfits. It is all appreciated very much, even more when I think about the fact that we will be away from our loved ones for almost 3 weeks.
Getting to the start line required a great deal of fundraising, and much of this came from family and friends. A big thank you goes out to everyone who has donated and supported us.
We also had a great deal of help from sponsors (formal and informal). So a big shout out to Get Packed Pty Ltd, BINGO INDUSTRIES, FMA Wealth Management, Wine Ark, KK Partners Group, KKP Wealth, Partners Wealth Group, Highway Tyres, Berwick Auto Electrics & Mechanical, Berwick Myotherapy, Float Berwick, Australian Butchers Store, and Berwick Signs. We are proud to be associated with such great businesses.
You can follow our progress on Facebook via our team page - Team Mitch2 - Shitbox Rally. But we will be travelling in remote areas so getting updates posted might be a challenge.
Anyway, this is all about raising funds for cancer research. It makes a difference and saves lives. See you all on the flip-side.
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.