Hi all! My friend Pieter and I are doing a charity ride for the Cancer Council in May 2020.
We all are touched in some way or form by this terrible disease, let’s make a difference!
I personally lost a friend late last year; she was in her forties and left behind 4 children, and currently my dad is battling a never-ending amount of skin cancer treatments. Even my partner in crime for this rally, Pieter, had a melanoma discovered, this at the young age of 46.
The trip is called “The shitbox Rally” and takes 500 adventurous and generous people on a 4000km journey over dirt roads in a sub-$1000 car. In our case in a $500 Ford Falcon, a true shitbox!
We all donate our time and money in raising as much money as we can to donate.
I've spend $1300 so far; we're definitely not looking for you to pay for our holiday, everything you donate goes to the Cancer Council, not to us.
Even the car gets auctioned off at the end.
We aim to get close to $10,000 but more would be wonderful.
Be generous and we’ll keep you up to date with our progress and breakdowns which will inevitable happen.
Marcel & Pieter, team Dutch Oven
The official Spiel:
We are really pleased to announce that we're taking 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 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.
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.
Wooohooo, the shitbox is painted up!
In the Dutch oven tri-colour red white and blue as per the flag of the Netherlands.
The kids have been writing some encouragements and decorated the inside for us, what can go wrong?
She's a bit hard to start and there's a bit of a whiney sound coming from the back, but the sports exhaust will take care of that haha.
Currently in the process of mounting an old Roo-bar on it, just have to fit a sturdy bar at the bottom to protect the radiator from some unlucky wild life.
In April, before the rally, I will be driving it up to Alice Springs, with a few little detours through Silverton, Coober Pedy and Uluru together with my dad (75yo) and my son (9yo). Cross your fingers for us over Easter ;-)
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.