Goal $10,000
Fundraising for Cancer Council
Cancer Council
Shitbox Rally 2020 Autumn
$5,450
Raised
55%
Our Story …

We are Gold Coast boys and pleased to take part in Shitbox Rally 2020 Autumn!! This year, all the teams are driving their shitboxes from Alice Springs to Gold Coast via the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Shitbox Rally is the largest community lead fundraiser for the Cancer Council in Australia and is now in its 11th 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 2020 Autumn rally target set at $2,000,000 plus.

These funds go to the Cancer Council and we are 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.

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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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raised: $1,216,313
target: $2,000,000
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8 months ago
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Roz Clavin gave $200.00.
You guys are doing a wonderful thing and having a great adventure What could be better
8 months ago
Roz; thanks a bunch; we hope we can raise a fortune for the cause...and have some fun along the way!
8 months ago
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Jenny Cooper gave $50.00.
This is something different. Have fun!
8 months ago
HI Jenny; thanks very much for your donation; it will support a great cause! I’m sure we have all been touched by cancer in some way. I hope we can raise a shipload!
8 months ago
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Well today, after an agonising search, we found a "shitbox"! Just needs a motor and a name!

6 months ago
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MCA Pty Ltd gave $500.00.
Get working on that car boys! More to come.
4 months ago
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Black Hops Brewing gave $500.00.
4 months ago
Kirsty and Team Black Hops; Team Beach Boys can't thank you enough for donating to our cause. We are going to have lots of fun along the way, but seriously we are raising funds towards cancer cures and support. Many people have been touched by cancer; we are trying to make it easier for them. Thanks so much for being a part of the journey. I hope our shitbox finishes this rally so we can bring it in and show it off to you!!
4 months ago
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Beach Boys

Well, the car was one thing, but we need a motor as well! Found and delivered and now sitting strangely in the hole that was the engine well! Next job is to hook it all up!

4 months ago
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Today we received a massive injection with Black Hops Brewery providing us with a $500 donation. The boys and girls at Black Hops brewery at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast were really keen to get involved and help us achieve our target. Their beer is pretty good as well. Pity we can’t take a few slabs of samples with us on the rally, but there may well be opportunities for us all to taste the good brew when we arrive at destination Gold Coast!

4 months ago
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Well, today was back to work on the beast! With the motor in, but not yet hooked up, we decided that it was to be brakes and fuel today. We removed the wheels, sanded back the drums (they have been sitting for 5 years!) and then got to work removing the fuel tank and emptying out the 5 year-old fuel. A new fuel pump should see us clear to finish off hooking up the motor next week. We also cleaned up the crank shaft and refitted that, put in an old battery (5 years old) and found that the electrics seem pretty good, other than the fact that the brake lights don't work.

Finished off with a couple of Black Hops beers from our support team at Black Hops Brewery.

All in all, a great day's work!

3 months ago
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Another big day under the bonnet and under the car.

This saw us:

> drain and change the transmission, diff and engine oils;

> remove clean and replace the fuel pump;

> drain and clean, refit and refuel the fuel tank;

> reassemble and refit the fuel filter (proved a monster job);

> sand back the rear brake drums;

> remove the wheels, pick the best of a dozen tyres and paint the rims;

> replace the air filter;

> repair the windscreen washers and replace the wiper blades;

> remove the rear carpet and clean the boot.

Still a few more days to go, but we should be aiming for a roadworthy in the next week or so!

3 months ago
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Today we got close to kicking the engine over, but a wrong size fan belt foiled our plans! Never-the-less, despite this and the 40 degree heat, we did get a fair day's work done:

> refitted the cooling pipes to where the radiator will go;

> removed a damaged headlight and replaced this (surprising how long it took us);

> replaced the hangers to the exhaust pipe system;

> painted and fitted the wheels and the spare;

> drained the fluid from the brake lines and refilled the reservoir;

> drained the transmission oil and replaced this;

Hopefully we'll get a new fan belt this week and be able to kick the engine over and then check for leaks in all the hydraulic systems!

3 months ago
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MCA Pty Ltd gave $1,000.00.
Keep at it boys.
3 months ago
Maaate! I guess you want to come along on the rally now? Thanks very much for the massive donation, we'll make our target yet!
3 months ago
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Well, yesterday we spent 3 hours trying to put in the radiator! The original one was cactus so we had a “new” radiator from Ford but even though it was supposed to fit any ford vehicle, this one missed by millimetres and we had a wee bit of trouble. Eventually, we took to the car with a grinder and had a few sparks flying before we could get the radiator in. Having done that, we found that the fan didn’t quite seat against the radiator and then the fan belt just about beat us before slipping into place. Hope none of those need replacing along the track!

To cap it all off, we connected and filled the hydraulics and tried to kick over the engine (which refused to start!).... back to the drawing board!

2 months ago
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After quite a few weeks of working on our "Shitbox" Barbara-Ann (get it? Beach Boys; Bar Bar Bar Barbara Ann!!) we can finally say that "THE ENGINE WORK IS ALMOST DONE!"

Today we gave the old girl a kick start and boy, what a sweet sound that engine makes! Check out the clip - turn up the sound and imagine that purring down the Rally Road!

Next Step - Roadworthy and Registration and then the very serious Fund Raising and of course the pleasurable part of turning the Shitbox into a Beach Boys wagon. Watch this space!

2 months ago
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2 months ago
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Well what a momentous day! We finally took Barbara-Ann out on the road! With ctp in hand, she purred like a cat! This day is the culmination of a number of weeks of work, from a car with no motor, to a prowling feline with plenty of personality!

The list of things done to the motor and fuel lines, transmission, brakes, hydraulics, exhaust system, electrics and interior! We are now almost ready for the safety certificate inspections and then Registration! Can't believe how much effort has gone into Barbara-Ann! And we need to give a massive vote of thanks to Aaron (original owner) who worked tirelessly with us to give to this point; herculean!! But isn't that what this rally is all about? It gets to you! Not just the fundraising and the getting ready to rally (though those things are really important) No; the thought that we might just make a difference to a life or two, we might make a difference to enable some research that might lead to the "end of cancer"! Yeah! Tell 'em their dreamin (but are we?)

Mark & Alan (Team Beach Boys) with Barbara Ann & Aaron (Car seller/mechanic/supervisor and all-round motor magician)

2 months ago
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Barry Lubke gave $500.00.
The Beach Boys come from fhe Gold Coast, Which is where they are driving the most, But will drive any track In the Aussie outback, You'll make it for sure and then boast! Good luck Mark and Alan, Barry and Bev Lubke
2 months ago
Wow! Cowabunger! Barry and Bev - that is fantastic!! Thankyou so much for supporting us in our quest to help raise funds for the Cancer Council. That is truly very generous support. Geez - we’ve gotta make it home now!!
2 months ago
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OK! Days don't come much better than this! First of all we get a massive donation from Good mates, Bev and Barry; this takes us over half way to our required fund raise of $5K. (and allows us to get official and receive our side panel Shitbox stickers for Barbara Ann!!!

Then we pass the Roadworthy for the Old Girl, (just had to blow out a few cockroach nests from the brake-hose to allow the brakes to work!

And then, we got Barbara-Ann registered to be able to drive her!!!

So, here she is with official number plates in her garage for the next couple of months while we put her lipstick on!

1 month ago
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So, over the last couple of weeks, we've started to turn Barbara Ann into a true Woody Wagon.

Big thanks to Dick Van Straalen (one of Australia's most creative surf board shapers) for the loan of a 1950s original, single fin board.

Big thanks also to Nathan Hillier at Beaurepaires Burleigh for a wheel alignment!

We also go our Air Con gassed up from Aussie Auto Air this week which has helped enormously in the hot and humid weather we have been experiencing.

Barbara Ann will continue to morph over the next few weeks into a true Beach Boys wagon!

1 month ago
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$1,000.00 was received
Davie Family Foundation
1 month ago
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Gino & June Moro gave $100.00.
We look forward to following how you go rockin' & a-rollin, ' rockin & a reelin' Barbara Ann!!!
1 month ago
Oh! Gino & June; Thanks a bunch for getting behind us and the Cancer Council. We intend to have a ball and provided Mark has done up all the nuts properly, we should be there at the finish line somewhere on the Gold Coast. Will let you know the finish details when to hand! Cheers Alan & Mark (Beach Boys)
1 month ago
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Helen and Peter Russell gave $50.00.
1 month ago
Helen & Pete - That is fantastic - thanks so much for getting behind us and the Cancer Council. Barbara Ann still has a few bits of lipstick to add to her, then we have to start thinking about our costumes. Shouldn't be too hard to think up some Beach Boys outfits! Will send pics!! Cheers Alan & Mark (Beach Boys)
1 month ago
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Bobbi Stapleton gave $500.00.
Dedicated to John ❤️ Thanks so much boys.
1 month ago
Oh Bobbi! I shed two tears when I saw, first how much you’d donated, but then also when I read your words. If John had been around, he would have been in this like a shot! And loving it! Thanks for getting behind us, and watch our feeds during the Rally, and if you get a chance, come to the finish line and hopefully see us come through!
1 month ago
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Anonymous gave $500.00.
1 month ago
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Elly Fay Kelly gave $50.00.
For JK Taken too soon xx
1 month ago
Hi Elaine; It is fantastic that you are getting behind the Beach Boys to support the cause, but I wish it didn't come with that tag beside it. John will love the ride; we have a spare seat just for him! Thanks so much, I hope we can share lots of photos along the way. Cheers Alan & Mark
1 month ago
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C McCool gave $50.00.
1 month ago
Collette, thanks so much for getting behind the Beach Boys and this very worthy cause. Every donation helps fund Cancer Research which may lead to a Cure. We are looking forward to the challenge of the Rally (especially the bit where we have to wear ballerina costumes! Cheers Alan & Mark (Beach Boys)
1 month ago
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Garry Richardson gave $100.00.
Great work guys All the best for your drive in the country
1 month ago
Hi Garry & Sue; Thanks a bunch for getting behind us and the cause! (2 of Mark’s children worked for SKM/Jacobs, so it’s all in the family!) We hope to upload pics and clips along the way so tag us and keep following. Your donation is much appreciated. Cheers Alan & Mark (Beach Boys)
1 month ago
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Grahame & Gina Shepherd gave $50.00.
1 month ago
Gina & Grahame, thanks so much for getting behind this worthy cause. We are looking forward to the event, but what a great thing it is to be part of! We hope you will be able to follow us on facebook or the Shitbox site as we travel from Alice. Make sure you come to the finish line on the Goldie to see us and all the other Shitboxes arrive. We’ll send details closer to the end of May! Cheers Alan & Mark (Beach Boys)
1 month ago
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Michael & Trish Kyle gave $200.00.
Good luck boys. Not the sort of car I would like to do that trip in.
1 month ago
Michael & Trish; Thanks very much for your donation to the cause! Mark and I (and the Cancer Council) appreciate that there are so many causes! We hope these funds help in the research to produce some real progress towards a cure for cancer and support for those who suffer from it. Great that you are behind us; we hope to post pics and clips of our journey from Alice to the Gold Coast, so keep an eye out for these. There is also a finish line event somewhere on the Gold Coast for those of us that get that far in our shitboxes! Details when they are available! Cheers Alan & Mark (Beach Boys)
1 month ago
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We're on the countdown to Rally-Readiness, with Barbara Ann getting lots of attention and pampering on the outside now. Roof gear, bling and accessories demand a lot more attention than we thought, but all worthwhile in the end.

1 month ago
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Karryn Burgess gave $100.00.
Looking forward to following your Shitbox journey Alan! Hoping Barbara Ann will be rockin and reelin over those outback roads! Karryn
1 month ago
Hi Karryn; Great to have you on board! While it should be good fun over the Rally (and we intend to play up!) it's a great cause to be involved with. We have so many friends and relatives that have been touched by cancer. Mark and I thank you for getting behind us. We will post along the way so stay tuned. Best wishes Alan & Mark (Beach Boys)
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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.