Goal $5,000
Fundraising for Cancer Council
Cancer Council
Shitbox Rally 2020 Autumn
$2,930
Raised
59%
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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raised: $215,170
target: $2,000,000
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Gritch's Rally Rats Feed
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1 month ago
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Paula Forbes gave $100.00.
1 month ago
Thanks Paul and Roger. Your support is really appreciated. Phil and Rob
1 month 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.
1 month ago
Really appreciate your help with this Rema. May the force be with us. Phil and Rob
1 month ago
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Liam Dean-Jones gave $50.00.
Happy Birthday, and good luck!
1 month ago
Thanks Liam. Your support is really appreciated. Phil and Rob
1 month 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
1 month ago
Thanks Ashley and Daniel. Your support is really appreciated. Let's hope we survive the experience. Phil and Rob
1 month 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. ❤️
1 month ago
Did you like that? The Mabel thing? Thanks so much for the support. It's really appreciated. Dad
1 month ago
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sarra harrison gave $30.00.
Best of luck!! Bring sunscreen & a hat :)
1 month 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
1 month ago
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Shirley Walk gave $100.00.
Good luck with your adventure
1 month ago
Thanks so much Shirley. Your support is really appreciated. Let's hope we survive the experience. Phil and Rob
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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!!
1 month 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
1 month ago
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Nicholas Priest gave $100.00.
1 month ago
Thanks, so much, Nick. Really appreciate your help. Phil
1 month ago
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Nigel Pengelly gave $50.00.
Good luck Phil - looking forward to updates.
1 month ago
Thanks, so much, Nige. Really appreciated. Phil
1 month 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.
1 month ago
Touching Megan, but thank you! :-) Phil and Rob
1 month ago
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Robert Nagy gave $50.00.
From Rob Nagy Snr
1 month ago
Thanks Mr Nagy. Your support is very much appreciated. Phil and Rob
1 month ago
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Robyn and Blue Jones gave $50.00.
1 month ago
Thanks guys, really appreciate the support. Phil and Rob
1 month ago
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Jan Hancock gave $100.00.
Great cause, enjoy the rally phil and Rob. Jan and peter from Warialda!
1 month ago
Thanks Jan and Pete. 'Really appreciate the support. Phil and Rob
1 month 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.
1 month 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
1 month 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 !!!
1 month ago
Yeah....what could possibly go wrong. Fortunately we'll have support crews to rely on. Thanks for your support guys. Phil and Rob
1 month 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.
1 month ago
Ah, you know me so well. Fortunately we'll have support crews to rely on. Thanks for the support. Phil
1 month 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
1 month ago
Thanks guys. 'Really appreciate it. Phil and Rob
1 month ago
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Ani Peet gave $100.00.
Go guys! Such a great thing.. have heaps of fun and travel safe! xoxo
1 month ago
Cheers and thanks for the support Ani. It's really appreciated. Phil and Rob
1 month 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.
1 month ago
Thanks for the support Sue. It's much appreciated. Phil and Rob
1 month ago
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Craig Napier gave $50.00.
Well done Phil.
1 month ago
Awesome! Thanks Craig. 'Really appreciate the support. Phil
1 month 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....
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago
Thanks, so much, Danie. Your support is really appreciated. Phil
1 month 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
1 month ago
Thanks so much, Julia and Peter. Your support is really appreciated. And yes.....fingers crossed Mabel behaves! Phil and Rob
1 month ago
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Graham Parker gave $50.00.
Have fun Phil. Good luck on National Hwy 1 hehe :) Graham & Carolyn.
1 month ago
A little scary, but there's a big crew (supposedly). Thanks for the support. It's really appreciated. Phil
1 month ago
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Bob Lonne gave $250.00.
1 month ago
Thanks, so much, Bob. Really appreciate the support! Phil & Rob
1 month ago
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Trevor Dean-Jones gave $50.00.
1 month ago
thanks dad. Much appreciated. Phil
1 month 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
1 month ago
Thanks guys. We really appreciate the support. Phil and Rob
1 month ago
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Pradeep Singh gave $50.00.
1 month ago
Good on you Pradeep. 'Really appreciated. Phil
1 month 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
1 month ago
Thanks for the vote of confidence, Pikey :-) tho' you may have a point. Finger's crossed. ' Really appreciate the support. Phil and Rob
4 weeks ago
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John Jeffries gave $50.00.
Great blokes helping a great cause. John Q Jeffries
3 weeks ago
Cheers, John. Really appreciate the support. Phil and Rob
3 weeks ago
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Michael Dean-Jones gave $100.00.
go guy's, with you all the way.
3 weeks ago
Wonderful, thanks Michael. We're slowly getting there. Hopefully that's not how we'll do it on the rally itself.
3 weeks ago
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Steven Turner gave $50.00.
Great work Phil and Nags. Proud of both you knobs. Steven Tv
3 weeks ago
Awesome. Thanks Steven. And you've suggested a funding source we hadn't thought of...the Kingsgrove North Old Boys! ta.
3 weeks ago
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Anonymous gave $50.00.
Great work Nagger and Nags.
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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.