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.
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.
Well today, after an agonising search, we found a "shitbox"! Just needs a motor and a name!
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!
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!
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!
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:
These projects wouldn’t be possible without your support.