Goal $10,000
Fundraising for Cancer Council
Cancer Council
Shitbox Rally Autumn 2022
$18,444
Raised
184%
Our Story …

Marty ("Chips") and Gareth ("Gravy") are really pleased and somewhat bumbazed^ to announce that we're taking part in Shitbox Rally 2022 - Autumn!! This year all the teams will be driving their shitboxes from Wollongong to Mackay. Which we now realise is actually quite far. Shitbox Rally is the largest community led fundraiser for the Cancer Council in Australia and is now in its 12th 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 2022 Autumn rally target set at $2,500,000. We cover all costs, including buying the shitbox, getting the shitbox to the start line and getting us to the start line (and home). Therefore your contributions go directly to our fundraising for Cancer Council and we are extremely proud to be doing our part to support such a worthy charity.

So why are we doing this?

  1. For Fun and Adventure - with a capital F 'n’ A!
  2. Because after 22+ years we wanted to put our friendship to the test by trying to raise a load of cash together then spending 7 clueless, bone shaking, dust eating, nerve shredding days battering around the outback in a total shitbox.
  3. Having both lost our dads, Nev (a proud Welshman) and Archie (a proud Scotsman), in the last few years we decided to honour their memories by doing a good thing. 

Our lack of mechanical knowledge will be matched only by our lack of outback survival skills. None of which matters when we’ll be driving one of the best playlists on the road. So in the words of Steppenwolf let’s (hopefully) get our motor runnin', head out on the highway (assuming we can find it), and look for some adventure in whatever comes our way (no doubt a face full of dirt and a whole heap of trouble). The fundraising is the hard part, so any donation you can give would be greatly appreciated. As well as donations there are also options for sponsorship. If you want your organisation or business name to take pride of place on our shitbox then let us know and we’ll give you more information about how to do that. Please, please dig deep and help us exceed our target for this great cause. And don’t forget to stay tuned for more to come in the Continuing Misadventures of Chips & Gravy.

You can follow our progress via this page and the blog post below. And make sure to watch out for news about our future fund raising events! 

Actually before we can get our motor runnin’ we’re gonna need a car. So if you or anyone you know is selling a shitbox for less than $1,000 then please get in touch. No Shitbox is too shitty (as long as it has a bit of rego)

Thanks and god speed, Gareth & Marty

^ BUMBAZE Verb | chiefly Scottish : Meaning to confuse; to perplex, bewilder; to confound, stupefy.

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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.

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7 months ago
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Liz Cowen gave $100.00.
Great cause guys! Have an absolute blast and welcome to the rally family!! Lx
7 months ago
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colin parker gave $100.00.
Rock on dudes!
7 months ago
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June and John Griffiths gave $50.00.
Looking forward to seeing the adventure unfold.
7 months ago
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David Sturley gave $100.00.
You guys rock!
7 months ago
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Nathan Barns gave $50.00.
Sounds awesome Marty and Gareth, You will have a fantastic time!
7 months ago
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Karen Gismondi gave $100.00.
Great cause, good luck :)
7 months ago
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Fennell Tyres International Pty Ltd gave $1,000.00.
Good luck Gravy and Chips Management and Staff at Fennell Tyres International
7 months ago
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Nina Pano gave $50.00.
Have fun Chips!!!
7 months ago
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Erica Grant gave $100.00.
Good Luck!
7 months ago
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Greg Finch gave $100.00.
Hope the tow truck doesn't have to stop for chips n gravy
6 months ago
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<p>Has anyone got a water pump for a 1988 Mitsubishi Lancer SE?</p><p>That’s right people we bought ourselves a Shitbox! .... from Scotty in Armadale.</p><p>Ed (our apprentice mechanic buddy) had a quick look underneath, while Chips and I kicked the tyres and admired the 1980’s plush velour interior. Scotty said: “She’s mint fellas!”</p><p>At this point any thoughts of a decent test drive were cut short when Scotty informed us that “mint” didn’t extend to the water pump … on account of it being “totally cactus!”</p><p>Undeterred, amid floods of water pouring from the engine bay, and at severe risk of a catastrophic overheating event we took it for a quick spin round the block. And then the magic happened.</p><p>As soon as we felt the pull of all 75 horses driving that 1.5 litre four cylinder powerplant, the precision gear box, the non-existent power steering, and the comforting knock coming from the front suspension we just knew there and then we’d found our forever Shitbox. There’s even a little adapter to convert the cassette player to Bluetooth. Which is important.</p><p>So we checked the boot for bodies and shook Scotty’s hand at $600. Leaving us $400 for stickers... oh and a water pump!</p><p>Scotty (as we have now nicknamed our Shitbox) came back to Perth on a trailer and is now safely up on ramps in Chips’ garage where rally preparations will commence in earnest. And with that the Adventure truly begins.</p><p>Pass the Haynes repair manual…</p>
6 months ago
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Team Imison gave $100.00.
I reckon the local lad said it better....'no stop signs, speed limit, nobody's gonna slow me down, like a wheel, gonna spin it, nobody's gonna mess me around.......' Go lads
5 months ago
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Brealey Quill Kenny gave $1,000.00.
5 months ago
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Harvey Farrington gave $100.00.
Looks like fun!
5 months ago
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Rob Goodson gave $200.00.
Buckle up and have some fun. Hope you make the distance!
5 months ago
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Erica & Marc Halewood gave $30.00.
Good luck, have a blast and can't wait for the updates!
5 months ago
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Gyro Drilling gave $1,000.00.
A great effort lads for a great cause Good work
5 months ago
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Driveshafts Australia gave $890.00.
4 months ago
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Rob Lloyd gave $200.00.
Good look both! Great cause! Make sure you take more beer than water! (That’s probably bad advice)
4 months ago
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Gareth Williams gave $200.00.
Wish I could join you Bro, have a couple of beers for Dad.
3 months ago
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Alphaweld Supply Group gave $500.00.
Best of luck gents!
2 months ago
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<p>Greetings Chips & Gravy Fans!</p><p></p><p>Good news and bad news on the road to rally readiness, with some other news in between.</p><p></p><p>Let’s start with some good news: The WA state borders are finally open and it looks like we’re going rallying! Scotty’s bags are nearly packed and he’s booked on the train to travel to Wollongong on 4 April. An excited Marty & Gareth will fly to meet him on 5 May. It’s starting to feel very real, and the pressure is now well and truly on as we push to get Scotty ready and raise as much money as we can for Cancer Council Australia.</p><p></p><p>More good news: Scotty is back on the road and humming along like a high precision machine that hums really well when you’ve had to turn the idle way up cos of a problem with the carburettor that’s too expensive to fix. Hopefully this means we’ve completed all the engine work we need to do. All thanks to discontinued water pipes being shipped from Thailand by Marty’s brother Gareth, and our sponsor Jum Proudlove and the guys at Western Forklifts putting it all back together again. Legends!</p><p></p><p>Ordinary news: It turns out Scotty needs a bit of suspension work (bump stops and shock absorber boots) and a bit more mechanical fettling here and there to give him the best chance of surviving the gruelling road to Mackay. Luckily we’ve got a couple of weekends and a few quid left in the budget to gets some bits, then it looks like Chips & Gravy will be getting the Haynes manual out again. A tap with a spanner, a turn with a hammer. What could possibly go wrong? Tune in later to find out!</p><p></p><p>Bad news: While Scotty is now moving our fundraising has stalled. As you know we had to cancel the fundraising Ceilidh due to COVID restrictions which was a big disappointment. If you haven’t donated yet – now’s the time!</p><p></p><p>Finally in better news: Before Scotty leaves for the station we intend to organise a grand unveiling of the fully pimped and primed machine. The plan is to gather somewhere for a cup of tea and a bacon roll on the morning of Saturday 2nd April. So please save the date. We’re hoping we might also be able to run the silent auction (previously planned for the Ceilidh) at the same time. Standby for more info re. venue/time.</p><p></p><p>Thank U: Thank U to all our amazing friends and family that have already made a donation. A special Thank U to our brilliant sponsors whose logos will adorn Scotty … Brealey Quilly Kenny, Fennell Tyres, Gyro Drilling, Driveshafts Australia, Western Forklifts Services & Nail Brewing.</p><p></p><p>All hail the gods of bump stops and shock absorber boots. Cheers for now.</p><p>Marty & Gareth</p>
2 months ago
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Katrina McGurgan gave $100.00.
Good luck guys xx
2 months ago
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David Johnstone gave $100.00.
Enjoy the journey guys, and hopefully you’ve practised the pit stops! Look forward to following your blog. Cheers, David
2 months ago
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Mark Green gave $50.00.
Best of luck Gareth
2 months ago
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David Begovich gave $100.00.
All the best and good luck!
2 months ago
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Mahna Dasjerdi gave $200.00.
2 months ago
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Gary McLeod gave $50.00.
Good luck Gareth (sounds like you're gonna need it!).
2 months ago
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Jamie Patten gave $100.00.
Good luck!
2 months ago
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Julie Attwood gave $50.00.
2 months ago
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Kate Bardill gave $100.00.
Safe travels!
2 months ago
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Stuart Kay gave $100.00.
2 months ago
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Tony Pinguet gave $100.00.
Love it .....Safe travels
2 months ago
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Anonymous gave $50.00.
Brilliant boys - Good luck!
2 months ago
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Mark Palermo gave $100.00.
2 months ago
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Geoff Bird gave $200.00.
Go get em...Chips and Gravy
2 months ago
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Andrew Ford gave $100.00.
May the water pump, cv joints, suspension and steering column be with you.
2 months ago
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Ron Gibson gave $300.00.
Good luck,, hope all goes well and Scotty makes it!
2 months ago
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Michael and Rebecca Grant gave $150.00.
Chips n' Gravy! Chips n' Gravy! Great cause, what an adventure. Good luck!!
1 month ago
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Lance Harcourt gave $100.00.
1 month ago
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Lynn Carter gave $50.00.
Good luck and can't wait to see the outfits (Tutu's?) and hear all the fantastic and not so fantastic stories :) Have an awesome time and stay safe!
1 month ago
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Sean Edwards gave $500.00.
Here’s to Scotty making it all the way to Mackay. Happy to be able to support an awesome team and an awesome cause. Good Luck!! Sean, Kirra, Bailey, Luke, Eloise, Julian and Ash xx
1 month ago
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Morgan Harland gave $100.00.
A spare fan belt and few pairs of undies is all you should need
1 month ago
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Alastair Beattie gave $100.00.
Who pays the speeding fines?
1 month ago
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Sarah Thomas-Williams gave $200.00.
Good luck, hope you enjoy the tripMum, Sarah, Anitra, Kendal and Deacon
1 month ago
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Elliott Douglas gave $30.00.
Best of luck lads, Sorry I can't give you more.
1 month ago
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Phil Scott gave $200.00.
With a name like Scotty How could you fail! Scott Family
1 month ago
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Sarah Gray gave $100.00.
Don't worry about the destination its all in the journey - best of luck!
1 month ago
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Liz Hall gave $100.00.
Scotty's looking great, hope he does you proud.
1 month ago
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$150.00 was received
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1 month ago
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Mark Dowling gave $100.00.
Hope you have a blast .... Not literally
1 month ago
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Go Outdoor Media gave $390.00.
4 weeks ago
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Nail Brewing gave $200.00.
4 weeks ago
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$1,280.00 was received
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4 weeks ago
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Chris Watkin gave $50.00.
Geez a gonk ya dobbers
4 weeks ago
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Donna Greenway gave $50.00.
For a great cause!! Best of luck Gareth and co xxx
4 weeks ago
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Nicholas Daniel gave $100.00.
Absolute gold. All the best Holmesy!
3 weeks ago
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Neil & Julie Hunt gave $100.00.
Well done guys for all the preparation. Ain’t nothin’ left but the doing of at all.!!! Good luck.
3 weeks ago
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John Barrett gave $100.00.
May your gasket's remain solid and sort of functional
3 weeks ago
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Danielle Ross gave $100.00.
3 weeks ago
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Charmaine & Richie Todd gave $50.00.
Good luck guys & safe travels, can’t wait to see updates & hear all about!!
3 weeks ago
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Paul & Hannah House gave $1,000.00.
Awesome adventure gents. And a super worthy cause. Have fun.
3 weeks ago
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bart hollemans gave $200.00.
Great adventure chaps. And raising money for all the right reasons! Fuck U Cancer!
3 weeks ago
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Alistair Murchison gave $100.00.
Good luck Gareth, looks like fun!
3 weeks ago
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Gloria Jones gave $50.00.
Hi Martin. This donation is in memory of your lovely father, Nev Williams, who we remember with great fondness. We hope you are OK and have a safe journey! Gloria and John XX
3 weeks ago
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John Thacker gave $50.00.
3 weeks ago
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Hosi Sabavala gave $50.00.
3 weeks ago
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$2,285.00 was received
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3 weeks ago
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Leah Schulz gave $200.00.
Have a blast Marty! What a great cause - From the crew at Powerdrive xx
2 weeks ago
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Sue and Andrew Fee gave $50.00.
All the best Chips & Gravy - hope you have lots of fun!! Looking forward to the updates along the way :)
2 weeks ago
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Allan Blair gave $50.00.
Good luck you crazy kids
2 weeks ago
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Anonymous gave $88.63.
Have a ball and avoid any “Ok stirling oot the car” moments
2 weeks ago
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Ronan Quinn gave $100.00.
hope ye brought some platinum RAC roadside with you OR a spanner. Best of luck!
2 weeks ago
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Rebecca Thomson gave $250.00.
Having lost my mum to cancer i agree a very worthy cause. Looking forward to following you virtually on your crazy adventure. Best of luck. Cheers Bec
2 weeks ago
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Gavin Gibson gave $300.00.
Gav & Rach
2 weeks ago
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Gillian McDonald gave $50.00.
Have fun :)
2 weeks ago
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Rory Thomson gave $100.00.
Enjoy the journey, boys, and hope you don’t end up in someone else’s backseat! ♥️ Mel & Rory
2 weeks ago
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Kylie McAllister gave $100.00.
Go get em and have a ball! What an awesome adventure for an amazing cause. Congrats and here’s to Scotty making it all the way!!!
2 weeks ago
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Phil Gambrill gave $100.00.
Good luck guys, what could possibly go wrong 🤔 Phil & Cheryl 👍
2 weeks ago
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Anonymous gave $100.00.
Best of luck from Madrid.
1 week ago
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Mark Murphy gave $100.00.
Good luck boys. Sounds like fun.
1 week ago
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Peter Chadwick gave $50.00.
1 week ago
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Louise Gibson gave $300.00.
Such fun ….. Ross, Louise and Franko
1 week ago
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Anitra Thomas-Williams gave $50.00.
Good work Chips&Gravy Love Mary and Barry
6 days ago
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Silv and Sat Gohil gave $50.00.
Hope you had fun guys and glad Scotty made it …. What a great cause !
6 days ago
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PetraClean gave $250.00.
6 days ago
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Joanne Snow gave $100.00.
Well done guys - you did it and raised a shed load of money for a great cause as well!! Nice work :)
6 days ago
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Gaynor Ralston gave $200.00.
Congratulations Chips and Gravy. And the mighty Scotty! A truly Herculean effort from a clever, brave and fabulous team. Our dads would be so, so proud. WELL DONE! With lots of love, Gaynor, Dane, Georgia, Sandy and Mum xxxx
1 day ago
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Margaret Sanders gave $50.00.
Well done, Martin & Gareth !!! Margaret & Keith
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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.

In the past 12 years, over 29 million dollars 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.