On Wednesday May 8, 2019 a convoy of 275 cars and 550 participants will leave Optus Stadium in Perth to start the 10th Anniversary Shitbox Rally (Autumn). The 10-day rally will travel 5000+kms via Uluru and finish at Centennial Park in Sydney on Friday May 17.A Box Rallies Milestone from Shitbox Rally on Vimeo.
250 teams of two have spent endless hours sourcing and decorating their shitboxes (aka cars worth less than $1,000), furiously fundraising and preparing for this epic Aussie adventure which will see them drive over 5,000 kilometres across four states. Some cars will make it, some won’t.
Shitbox Rally is the largest independent fundraiser for Cancer Council nationally with over $17 million raised to date and it broke records in 2018 raising $1.97 million. 2019 has a target of $2 million with the tally sitting at just over $1.5 million to date. This year both the CEO of Cancer Council New South Wales and Western Australia will be taking part in the rally.
Through the years, the money raised has contributed to:
- Testing new drug combinations for pancreatic cancer
- Preventing people with immune deficiencies from developing lymphoma
- Finding new compounds to target the deadliest type of malignant brain tumour
- Developing a way to calculate the safest and most effective dose of radiation for prostate cancer patients
- Analysing the largest data set of melanoma genome sequences in the world, and
- Identifying a treatment to block the development and spread of neuroblastoma cells.
Jeff Mitchell, CEO, Cancer Council NSW said “James and the Box Rallies team have made a huge contribution to funding cancer research. I’m very excited to be doing the rally this year and joining the thousands of ‘ralliers’ that have not only raised funds but have become supporters of Cancer Council and the lifesaving work that we do.”
Ashley Reid, CEO, Cancer Council WA said “We are thrilled to be participating in this year’s Box Rally. It’s incredible to see the enthusiasm and commitment from the teams to raise much-needed funds for such a great cause.”
James Freeman who founded Box Rallies (Sh!tbox Rally and Mystery Box Rally) after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other, said “This being the 10th Sh!tbox Rally in Australia I felt celebrating those 10 years with a day for each rally was appropriate. Also, spanning the width of this magnificent country is a great celebration of the Outback, it’s communities and the fundraising teams in the rally. It will indeed be a celebration of achievement for the last decade.”
To celebrate the 10th year and the growth of the rally they are running a second Sh!tbox Rally in 2019 with a going from Melbourne to Townsville via Birdsville in October.
Sh!tbox Rally is thrilled to be in partnership this year with Bingle Insurance, Reach Solar Energy, Centennial Parklands, Manheim Australia & Rally School Australia.