Goal $7,500
Fundraising for Cancer Council
Cancer Council
Shitbox Rally 2020 Autumn
$5,100
Raised
68%
Our Story …

Hi, we're Rob and Phil and we're really pleased to announce that we're taking part in Shitbox Rally 2020 Autumn!! In 2020, all the teams are driving their shitboxes, cars worth no more than $1000, from Alice Springs to the 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 participating involves each team raising 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. We’ve both been effected by cancer over the past couple of years, losing our cousin/close friend David Gritching (the guy in the loud shirt) at the age of 53, and my (Phil’s) mother, to this insidious disease. We’ve named our team Gritch’s Rally Rats and our car, a 1997 Mazda 121, ‘Mabel’ in their honour.

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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Here's what I'm doing …

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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Gritch's Rally Rats Feed
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3 months ago
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Paula Forbes gave $100.00.
3 months ago
Thanks Paul and Roger. Your support is really appreciated. Phil and Rob
3 months ago
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Rema Lolas gave $100.00.
This is awesome!! Wishing you guys the best of luck and can’t wait to follow the adventure.
3 months ago
Really appreciate your help with this Rema. May the force be with us. Phil and Rob
3 months ago
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Liam Dean-Jones gave $50.00.
Happy Birthday, and good luck!
3 months ago
Thanks Liam. Your support is really appreciated. Phil and Rob
3 months ago
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Ashley Cheng gave $100.00.
Cannot wait to hear the hilarious stories that are going to come from this adventure. Super proud to support the both of you x x x
3 months ago
Thanks Ashley and Daniel. Your support is really appreciated. Let's hope we survive the experience. Phil and Rob
3 months ago
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Natasha Dean-Jones gave $100.00.
Go dad and Rob! So proud of you both and what you're doing to support such a worthy cause. I can't wait to hear all about your adventures across the country with Mabel. ❤️
3 months ago
Did you like that? The Mabel thing? Thanks so much for the support. It's really appreciated. Dad
3 months ago
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sarra harrison gave $30.00.
Best of luck!! Bring sunscreen & a hat :)
3 months ago
Thanks Sarra. Your support is really appreciated. The car we're using has a dodgy sunroof, so good idea re the sunscreen and hat. Phil and Rob
3 months ago
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Shirley Walk gave $100.00.
Good luck with your adventure
3 months ago
Thanks so much Shirley. Your support is really appreciated. Let's hope we survive the experience. Phil and Rob
3 months ago
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Annaliese Nagy gave $50.00.
Proud of you both for embarking on this! Phil you're a brave man for agreeing to spend 7 days with dad in the little bubble but I'm sure you'll have an absolute ball, and all for a very worthy cause! xx
3 months ago
Thanks Annie. Your support is really appreciated. Yes, I get your point re 7 days with Rob. But hey, Jane's managed it. How hard can it be? And at least I'll have someone reminding me to top up the oil and check the angle of the mudflaps. Phil
3 months ago
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John and Kate Corcoran gave $200.00.
If anyone could keep a shit box going it’s David. May his spirit be with you!!
3 months ago
Thanks Kate and John. Good point re David. We'll need to take some Gritch artefacts with us. A couple of loud shirts maybe? P
3 months ago
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Nicholas Priest gave $100.00.
3 months ago
Thanks, so much, Nick. Really appreciate your help. Phil
3 months ago
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Nigel Pengelly gave $50.00.
Good luck Phil - looking forward to updates.
3 months ago
Thanks, so much, Nige. Really appreciated. Phil
3 months ago
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Megan Dean-Jones gave $100.00.
Joe, Mabel, and David - great characters all - would have heartily approved...no wait, Mabel would have said WHAAAT! Oh Philip, for goodness sake, what on earth are you doing that for...? And David and Joe would have just called you and Rob bloody idiots. Good on you both...you bloody idiots.
3 months ago
Touching Megan, but thank you! :-) Phil and Rob
3 months ago
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Robert Nagy gave $50.00.
From Rob Nagy Snr
3 months ago
Thanks Mr Nagy. Your support is very much appreciated. Phil and Rob
3 months ago
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Robyn and Blue Jones gave $50.00.
3 months ago
Thanks guys, really appreciate the support. Phil and Rob
3 months ago
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Jan Hancock gave $100.00.
Great cause, enjoy the rally phil and Rob. Jan and peter from Warialda!
3 months ago
Thanks Jan and Pete. 'Really appreciate the support. Phil and Rob
3 months ago
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Martin Riley gave $50.00.
We will be watching this adventure with interest! And hope to see Mabel across the road before your departure. All the best, Elizabeth and Martin.
3 months ago
Thanks guys. Mabel's actually sitting in front of the Bilkey's as we speak. Just keeping our fingers crossed it stays intact between now and the event. Cheers, Phil
3 months ago
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Peter & Di Turvey gave $200.00.
With Rob on the tools ... air/water/oil ... we’re expecting a Gritch’s Rally Rats storming success!! Go Mabel !!!
3 months ago
Yeah....what could possibly go wrong. Fortunately we'll have support crews to rely on. Thanks for your support guys. Phil and Rob
3 months ago
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michael cuthbert gave $50.00.
Best of luck I know with your expert mechanical knowledge you will piss it in.
3 months ago
Ah, you know me so well. Fortunately we'll have support crews to rely on. Thanks for the support. Phil
3 months ago
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Peter Noonan gave $100.00.
Only too pleased to contribute Phil and really appreciate your commitment. Will follow with keen interest. Peter and Marion
3 months ago
Thanks guys. 'Really appreciate it. Phil and Rob
3 months ago
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Ani Peet gave $100.00.
Go guys! Such a great thing.. have heaps of fun and travel safe! xoxo
3 months ago
Cheers and thanks for the support Ani. It's really appreciated. Phil and Rob
3 months ago
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Sue Rees gave $50.00.
Hope you have a fabulous time for such a great cause - go the Gritch’s Rally Rats.
3 months ago
Thanks for the support Sue. It's much appreciated. Phil and Rob
3 months ago
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Craig Napier gave $50.00.
Well done Phil.
3 months ago
Awesome! Thanks Craig. 'Really appreciate the support. Phil
3 months ago
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Colin Jones gave $50.00.
Pity you didn't still have an old purpley Mazda 929 Phil or an old bluey Cortina Rob to take on this epic journey....
3 months ago
Ha! You're right, but Mabel the Mazda should do the job just fine....in the sense that it certainly qualifies as a shitbox and will probably whinge and complain all through the trip. Really appreciate the support. Phil and Rob
3 months ago
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Evans Rossouw & Young Wealth Management gave $100.00.
Good luck guys - and good on you for championing this very worthy cause. Cheers Danie
3 months ago
Thanks, so much, Danie. Your support is really appreciated. Phil
3 months ago
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Forestway Optometry (Glenrose) gave $100.00.
Good luck Rob & Phil & of course Mabel. May she get you over the line first (or at all!). Julia & Peter x
3 months ago
Thanks so much, Julia and Peter. Your support is really appreciated. And yes.....fingers crossed Mabel behaves! Phil and Rob
3 months ago
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Graham Parker gave $50.00.
Have fun Phil. Good luck on National Hwy 1 hehe :) Graham & Carolyn.
2 months ago
A little scary, but there's a big crew (supposedly). Thanks for the support. It's really appreciated. Phil
3 months ago
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Bob Lonne gave $250.00.
2 months ago
Thanks, so much, Bob. Really appreciate the support! Phil & Rob
2 months ago
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Trevor Dean-Jones gave $50.00.
2 months ago
thanks dad. Much appreciated. Phil
2 months ago
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Leonie Kouvaras gave $50.00.
good luck with the rally I hope you can get the car the distance but it’s a great cause All the best Leonie and Taso
2 months ago
Thanks guys. We really appreciate the support. Phil and Rob
2 months ago
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Pradeep Singh gave $50.00.
2 months ago
Good on you Pradeep. 'Really appreciated. Phil
2 months ago
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Ian Pike gave $100.00.
I am sure Mabel will go the distance. But I'm not so confident about the elderly drivers. Good luck Bob and Phil. Regards, Grandpa
2 months ago
Thanks for the vote of confidence, Pikey :-) tho' you may have a point. Finger's crossed. ' Really appreciate the support. Phil and Rob
2 months ago
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John Jeffries gave $50.00.
Great blokes helping a great cause. John Q Jeffries
2 months ago
Cheers, John. Really appreciate the support. Phil and Rob
2 months ago
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Michael Dean-Jones gave $100.00.
go guy's, with you all the way.
2 months ago
Wonderful, thanks Michael. We're slowly getting there. Hopefully that's not how we'll do it on the rally itself.
2 months ago
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Steven Turner gave $50.00.
Great work Phil and Nags. Proud of both you knobs. Steven Tv
2 months ago
Awesome. Thanks Steven. And you've suggested a funding source we hadn't thought of...the Kingsgrove North Old Boys! ta.
2 months ago
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Anonymous gave $50.00.
Great work Nagger and Nags.
3 weeks ago
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Margaret Gritching gave $200.00.
I am David's mother & Mabel's sister. It is wonderful the know that the money this rally attracts will go to combatting this disease which breaks so may hearts. May you have a wonderful, exciting rally Phil & Rob. Love Margaret
2 weeks ago
Thanks, so much, Marg! Very generous.
2 weeks ago
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Heavy Hire & Contracting gave $200.00.
Meet you at Alpha with a batch of scones :) Maria & Greg
2 weeks ago
Thanks, so much, Maria and Greg. Can't wait to taste those scones! Phil and Rob
2 weeks ago
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Jenni Vild gave $50.00.
Great cause Phil. Enjoy the rally.
2 weeks ago
Thanks, Jenni. 'Really appreciate the support. Phil and Rob
2 weeks ago
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Commercial Property Management Qld gave $50.00.
Safe and successful journey
2 weeks ago
Thanks Jeff and Alana. 'Really appreciated. Phil and Rob
2 weeks ago
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Deck Revivals gave $100.00.
Do your best gentleman!!..good luck ..I will be cheering you on from the virtual sidelines in Sydney..
2 weeks ago
Thanks, so much, Julie. Really appreciated. We'll try not to embarrass ourselves. Phil and Rob
2 weeks ago
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James Hamilton gave $50.00.
Great work Phil
2 weeks ago
Good on you James. The support is really appreciated. Phil
2 weeks ago
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Peter Hoare gave $75.00.
All the best with this Phil. To effort.
2 weeks ago
Thanks, Pete. Really appreciated! Phil and Rob
2 weeks ago
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Vicki Le Messurier gave $50.00.
Hope you can coax the shitbox all the way to the end. Good luck and have fun guys
2 weeks ago
Thanks Vicki. 'Really appreciate the support. Phil and Rob
2 weeks ago
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Adele Miles gave $100.00.
2 weeks ago
Thanks Adele. 'Really appreciate the support. Phil and Rob.
2 weeks ago
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Colin Archard gave $50.00.
Good luck Phil
2 weeks ago
Thanks, Colin. We'll need it! Phil
2 weeks ago
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Annette Schofield gave $200.00.
Sounds like a great way to see some fabulous places. Enjoy!
2 weeks ago
Thanks Hobbsy. Appreciate the generous support. Phil and Rob
2 weeks ago
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Janet Collins gave $50.00.
Have fun and stay safe boys!
2 weeks ago
Thanks, so much, Janet. Really appreciated. Phil and Rob
2 weeks ago
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Chanel Swift gave $50.00.
Happy to help Phil, wishing the Gritch gang a fast furious safe road trip.
2 weeks ago
Thanks Nellie. 'Really appreciated! Phil
2 weeks ago
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Janey Willmott gave $100.00.
Could only be more fabulous if Davey were bashing with you both ... thank you and love youse ... x
2 weeks ago
Thanks Janey. XXX from Phil, and XXXXXX from Rob
2 weeks ago
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Julie Ede gave $50.00.
Good luck guys, Im sure David & Aunty Mabel will be with you in spirit & maybe even have a little laugh at the shenanigans that I’m sure will go on;)
2 weeks ago
Thanks Julie. Much appreciated. Phil and Rob
1 day ago
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Mark Grierson gave $200.00.
1 day ago
Thanks, so much, Mark! That's absolutely awesome! Fingers crossed the spirit of Mabel is with us. Phil and Rob
1 day ago
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Carpentry By DC gave $495.00.
Good luck guys.I think you’re going to need it. All else fails there’s will be some great stories to tell.
17 hours ago
Thanks heaps, Daniel. Hugely generous and you've got us over the qualifying line!! Really appreciated. Phil and Rob
1 day ago
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Nabeel Youakim gave $100.00.
Best wishes Phil
17 hours ago
Good on you Nabeel. Thanks so much! Fingers crossed the little Mazda holds together. Phil and Rob
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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.