Goal $5,000
Fundraising for Cancer Council
Cancer Council
Shitbox Rally Autumn 2022
$6,033
Raised
121%
Our Story …

We are really pleased to announce that we are taking part in the Shitbox Rally 2022 in Autumn year, all the teams are driving their shitboxes from Wollongong NSW to Mackay QLD via Innamincka SA.


Shitbox Rally is the largest community lead 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.


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.


Tony and I, are very pleased to be raising money for the Cancer Council as Cancer has affected our lives in many ways. My Dad, (Peter O'Brien - Pictured) was a career Royal Australian Navy Sailor and a decorated Vietnam Veteran. He died from Cancer at just 38 years old. He died before he had an opportunity to see me and my brother grow up. My brother was only 5 years old when our Dad died. Tony and I have been married for 41 years and have 9 wonderful Children (6 sons and 3 daughters) and 11 Grandchildren with many more grandchildren to come in the future. Cancer has taken so many wonderful family memories away from us and our family. Our own Daughter Amie Meehan is a Cancer Survivor. We lost a very dear Uncle Bob and recently Tony lost his best friend Carl Binns to Cancer and we have lost many other friends. Raising money for the Cancer Council will help fund research to find a future cure. Thanks for your support.


We wish to dedicate our rally participation and fundraising efforts to the following: Grandfather Peter "Obbie" O'Brien RIP, Uncle Robert "Bob" Kersten RIP, Auntie Sue Kersten Fighter and Survivor, Daughter Amie Meehan Fighter and Survivor, Grandpa Thomas Kersten Senior Fighter and Survivor, Simon "SAS" Schofield RIP, Carl "Binnsy" Binns RIP, Joanne Meehan Double Fighter and Survivor.


Peace, Love & Hugs. Aileen & Tony Kersten

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Shitbox Rally is the adventure of a lifetime challenging participants and their cars, worth no more than $1,500, over a 7 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.

raised: $2,213,563
target: $2,500,000
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11 months ago
Kersten Team
Aileen Kersten gave $100.00.
Aileen & I are kicking in $100 to get things started.
11 months ago
Thank you for kicking things off my precious Darling. Love you forever Tony
11 months ago
Kersten Team
Theesan Pather gave $100.00.
Ill support the Kerstens in anything, Pretty much no matter what 😘 Come see us when you need signage etc for this beast Ill get Blair to spiff it up !
11 months ago
Thanks Theesan & Blair you guys are so groovy special for this Peace Love Hugs Big T
11 months ago
Kersten Team
Toby Anderson gave $100.00.
Great cause Mum and Dad! 💗
11 months ago
Toby you rock son. Thanks Peace Love Hugs Tony & Aileen
11 months ago
Kersten Team
Pieta Christodoulou gave $100.00.
With love
11 months ago
Thanks so much Pieta. Peace Love Hugs Aileen and Tony
11 months ago
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Libby Watkins gave $100.00.
⚡️💃🕺 Let’s go! Great cause! 🖤Josh, Dash and Libby 😘🤗✨🌴
11 months ago
Thanks so much Libbstar, Joshstar and Dashstar.You guys are rockstars. Peace Love Hugs Uncle T and Auntie Aileen
11 months ago
Kersten Team
Will Bottom gave $50.00.
👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
11 months ago
Thanks so much Will. You get the Elephant Lion Award from Mr Minuli's Plaster Emporium Same Same. Peace Love Hugs Big T and Aileen
11 months ago
Kersten Team
Margaret King gave $100.00.
Good luck in the rally. Love Margaret, Aoy & Amali. In memory of Carl.
11 months ago
Thanks Marg, Aoy & Amali. You guys get my much sought after Thunderbirds are Go Award. I’m sure Carl will be with us all the way “Tony!” Peace Love Hugs Tony & Aileen💖💖💖💖💖💖
11 months ago
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Malcolm Binns gave $500.00.
Go Team Kersten! F#CK CANCER
11 months ago
Thanks so much Malcolm, Jaqueline, Dominic & Christian for this awesome donation. Carl will be with us in spirit on this adventure as I feel he already is everyday. We cant wait for the rally to start and see what doosra's and spins he delivers to us from above just to keep us on our toes. Hopefully we will be "Kings of The Mountain" Peace Love Hugs Tony and Aileen (:-)
11 months ago
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Autoflow Irrigation gave $100.00.
11 months ago
Thanks so much to Autoflow Irrigation and its wonderful Proprietors Bryan and Melanie Parnell & Family for this kind donation towards our fund raising efforts & rally campaign. Aileen & I really appreciate this guys. Peace Love Hugs Aileen& Tony
11 months ago
Kersten Team
Dennis Lee gave $50.00.
That is awesome Tony, worthy cause and a brilliant trip. Enjoy it!
11 months ago
Thanks so much Dennis. Aileen & I really appreciate your generosity towards our campaign. I'm missing our dear mate Carl so much knowing that I cant talk with him anymore. He will continue to be be in my thoughts every step of the rally. Hoping to catch up with you and the old gang as soon hey? Peace Love Hugs Aileen & Tony
11 months ago
Kersten Team
Andrew Ueckermann gave $20.00.
Its 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank, half a pack of cigarettes, its dark out and we're wearing sunglasses. HIT IT.
11 months ago
Like a true "Blues Brother" & Dear Friend you have "Kicked In" with a donation to this very worth while cause Andrew. Thanks Old Mate. Peace Love Hugs Aileen and Tony
6 months ago
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Miranda Pietrasanta gave $30.00.
Go Team Kersten!
6 months ago
Thanks for your very kind donation Miranda. Such a good cause and hopefully one day they will find a cure for this terrible disease in all its forms.
6 months ago
Kersten Team
Jenny Lamborn gave $100.00.
6 months ago
Thanks so much Jenny for your fabulous donation. Aileen and I are truly thankful that there are such caring Angels out there like you who are helping to rid the world of cancer.
6 months ago
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Samantha Ruthven gave $200.00.
An amazing adventure for a fantastic cause. Good luck!!! Sam & Justin 🥰
6 months ago
Hey Samantha, Aileen and I are blown away by your amazing donation. It all counts and we are very thankful for any support but its the big donations like this that will get us to our goal faster and hopefully make a difference to cancer research and one day be rid of this terrible disease.
6 months ago
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Mark Bowman gave $50.00.
Good luck Team Kersten - Marg & Mark - very worthy cause.
5 months ago
Thanks so much for your lovely donation Mark & Marg. We are another step closer to our target. Hopefully one day researchers will beat this disease. Peace Love Hugs, Tony & Aileen🥂🥂
6 months ago
Kersten Team
Kieran Anderson gave $100.00.
Good luck, Team Kersten. Have a great adventure. Thanks for caring. Kieran and Chris
5 months ago
Thanks so much for this fabulous donation Kieran and Chris. We love that our family and friends are getting behind us with this very worthwhile project. Can’t wait to post some updates when we are on our trek. Peace Love Hugs Tony & Aileen 💖💖🥂🥂
6 months ago
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Leanne Kaizer gave $200.00.
You go Aileen and Tony. Have a wonderful time. I hope you raise heaps in memory of all our loved ones who are and have fought Ca.
5 months ago
Wow Leanne, thanks so much for this awesome contribution to our project. Overwhelmed by the generosity of Family and Special Friends like you. Peace Love Hugs Tony & Aileen💖💖🎉🎉🥂🥂
5 months ago
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Elling Salterod gave $50.00.
Enjoy the adventure !
5 months ago
Thanks very much for your very kind donation Elling. It’s going to be a blast old mate. 😎🍺🍺
5 months ago
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Craig Gunns gave $50.00.
Such a worthy cause. Have a great adventure!
5 months ago
Thanks so much Gunno for this very kind donation mate. It’s for an awesome cause. I’m going to need beers and tiger balm at the end of every day that’s for sure.
5 months ago
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Michael Kersten gave $50.00.
Good luck Team Kersten. Looking forward to some great pics.
5 months ago
Thanks very much for your kind donation Cuz. We can’t wait to share the story of our trek with everyone.😎🍺🍺
5 months ago
Kersten Team
Paul Kersten gave $100.00.
A wonderful cause and a good opportunity to see some great outback sites and meet new people. Have fun. Paul & Cath.
5 months ago
Wow Pauly & Cath thanks for this very nice donation which is much appreciated. It’s going to be a hard and rough trek averaging 550km/day on what I mostly expect are dirt roads🤣🤣🤣🍺🍺🍺🎉🎉🎉
5 months ago
Kersten Team
Joanne Meehan gave $50.00.
Congratulations on a wonderful venture Safe travels
5 months ago
Thanks Jo for this very kind donation. We are nearing the halfway point to our fund raising and it’s starting to get very exciting. So great family and friends are behind us for this cause. Peace Love Hugs Aileen and Tony💖💖🥂🥂
5 months ago
Kersten Team
Sara Taylor gave $50.00.
5 months ago
Thanks so much Sarah for your very kind donation. Tony & I really appreciate this. It’s for such a good cause.
5 months ago
Kersten Team
Natalie Peters gave $50.00.
Go teM!!
5 months ago
Thanks so much Natalie for your lovely donation. Aileen and I are really chuffed. Peace Love Hugs - “Tony from Terrigal - roving traffic reporter” 😬
5 months ago
Kersten Team
Alex Kersten gave $100.00.
🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
5 months ago
Thanks Son this for this donation, the donation you made yesterday during the restock run for the Bunnings BBQ and your time on the BBQ cooking the best snags and onions. Love you Legend. Dad 😎💖💙💛
5 months ago
Kersten Team
Phil Bone gave $50.00.
Good luck guys. Hope it’s an amazing adventure and you raise heaps!! Phil Bone
5 months ago
Thanks Cumbonian Phil. Aileen & I very much appreciate your generosity old school friend. Bonds are there 43 years on. Peace Love Hugs Tony & Aileen🥂🥂💖💛
5 months ago
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Toby Anderson gave $50.00.
For all the snags we ate at the Bunnings bbq 😆
5 months ago
Dear Toby & Megs, Thanks so much for all your amazing help today on the Bunnings BBQ and yet another Donation. Love you both to the stars and back Mum & Dad 💖💖🥂🥂
4 months ago
Kersten Team
Aileen Kersten gave $2,082.75.
Kersten Team Fundraising
4 months ago
Thanks to all those people that enjoyed a sausage sandwich at our two Bunnings BBQ’s on the Central Coast this past Saturday and Sunday. Special thanks to those that also kicked the donation tin with change and notes. Huge thanks to Family and Friends that helped as well. Special thanks to Mark Levy and the Continuous Call Team along with Will Bottom friend from Radio Station 2GB 873 for the prime time on air plug engine n Sunday. Peace Love Hugs Tony & Aileen💖💖🥂🥂
4 months ago
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Pornthip Chuai-Urachon gave $200.00.
Thank you Guy. That’s suck good thing.
4 months ago
This so generous Aoy (Pornthip Chuai-Urachon). Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You are a trooper and fighter and you’ve got this. Peace Love Hugs Tony & Aileen💙💛💙💛💖💖💖🥂🥂🥂
4 months ago
Kersten Team
Kate Jenkins gave $100.00.
Good luck, can’t wait to see what you do with the Magna! Kate and joe
4 months ago
Dear Kate & Joe, Aileen & I are completely blown away with your continued generosity. Thanks so much for this donation guys. HMAS YMP sailed into her new port beautifully late Thursday night. This weekend we will commence transformation in the dry dock. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Stay tuned for the champagne moment when she is relaunched.🥂🥂🎉🎉
4 months ago
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Bryan Jenkins gave $200.00.
Dear Aileen and Tony, We love the story around your involvement in this event and wish you luck. Bill (Jill’s dad) an old RAN sailor and Kate’s Grandpa will be looking down proudly at his old car doing you proud Jill and Bryan Jenkins
4 months ago
Thanks so much Bryan & Jill, Aileen and I are totally blown away by your generosity towards our team and this amazing cause. I am certain this was all destined to happen. There are to many coincidences for this not to be Gods work. Peace Love Hugs to you guys and your wonderful family. 💖💖
3 months ago
Kersten Team
Lloyd Stewart gave $100.00.
Best of luck, you’re amazing people
3 months ago
Thanks so much Lloyd, Katrina and Aurelia this is very generous. So chuffed to hear you have registered for next year. Peace Love Hugs Tony and Aileen💖💖💖
3 months ago
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Justin Stockdale gave $50.00.
Good luck team Kersten! Safe travels on your adventure!
3 months ago
Thanks so much for the very kind donation Justin & Family. “That’s how it’s done Son” for such a good cause. Peace Love Hugs Tony & Aileen
3 months ago
Kersten Team
Jacq & Ron Beresford gave $100.00.
Wishing you all a great trip 👍💜
3 months ago
Thanks very much for this very kind donation Jacq & Ron. It all goes to a very worthy cause. One day they’ll beat this disease in all it forms. Your donation gets helps bring that day closer. Peace Love Hugs Aileen & Tony💖💖🥂🥂
3 months ago
Kersten Team
Faye Mahoney gave $20.00.
For my cousin Carl Bunn's and all those lost before him
3 months ago
Thanks very much Faye. I miss him every day. Love You Carl. RESPECT RIP Peace Love Hugs Dear Mate💙💛😎
3 months ago
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Sandra Coppe gave $50.00.
Dear Anthony and Aileen wishing you safe travels,fair weather and great times on your rally.Love Cousin Sandra,Uncle John and Aunty Joyce xxx
3 months ago
Thanks very much for this lovely donation Sandra. Love you to the Stars & Back Cuz💖💖🎉🎉🥂🥂
3 months ago
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Tazman osborne gave $50.00.
Go team Kersten 👏
3 months ago
Thanks for this donation Taz. As a young Doctor working in kids paediatrics at present imagine if we could fix kids cancer for ever. Peace Love Hugs Tony & Aileen🎉🎉🥂🥂💙💛
3 months ago
Kersten Team
Michael Beresford gave $50.00.
3 months ago
Thanks Blocker. This will help the Cancer Council with their research funding. Peace Love Hugs Brother. Anthony & Aileen😎💖💙💛🎉🎉🍺🍺
3 months ago
Kersten Team
Joanne Blackbourn gave $50.00.
For the relatives & friends lost to this horrible disease. Thanks Kerststen Team!! 🏎🚙👏
3 months ago
Thanks for this lovely donation towards this very worthy cause Joanne in memory of our Dear Friend “King of the Mountain” Carl Binns. Peace Love Hugs Tony & Aileen💖💖
3 months ago
Kersten Team
Alison Sherd gave $100.00.
All the best for your adventure!
3 months ago
Thanks so much Alison for this awesome donation. Hopefully one day tireless researchers will find a cure and this money will go straight to that. Peace Love Hugs to You and Ollie from Tony & Aileen💖💖💖💖
3 months ago
Kersten Team
Tracy Counihan gave $50.00.
Go Team. From the Counihan’s
3 months ago
Thank you Dear Tracy, Geoff, James, Jacinta & Amy for this thoughtful donation. Peace Love Hugs Tony & Aileen💖💖💖💖💖
3 months ago
Kersten Team
Blake Lucas gave $150.00.
For Carl. With love Blake
3 months ago
Thanks Blake and Mish for this really fabulous donation. Peace Love and Extra Special Hugs to you both. Tony & Aileen😬💖💖💖💖
3 months ago
Kersten Team
Michelle Hyde gave $50.00.
For my nephew Carl Binns, R.I.P. 🙏🏼😔♥️
3 months ago
Amazing Michelle, very much appreciate your kind donation to our cause. One day Cancer will be a thing of the past and your Donation I feel gets us a bit closer. Carl was an amazing Best Friend. Peace Love Hugs Tony & Aileen.💖💖
2 months ago
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Anonymous gave $30.00.
Awesome Job guys
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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.

More than $30 million over the past 12 years 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.