Goal $5,000
Fundraising for Cancer Council
Cancer Council
Shitbox Rally 2020 Autumn
$1,680
Raised
34%
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: $75,192
target: $2,000,000
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Gritch's Rally Rats Feed
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1 week ago
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Paula Forbes gave $100.00.
2 days ago
Thanks Paul and Roger. Your support is really appreciated. Phil and Rob
1 week 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.
2 days ago
Really appreciate your help with this Rema. May the force be with us. Phil and Rob
5 days ago
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Liam Dean-Jones gave $50.00.
Happy Birthday, and good luck!
2 days ago
Thanks Liam. Your support is really appreciated. Phil and Rob
2 days 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
2 days ago
Thanks Ashley and Daniel. Your support is really appreciated. Let's hope we survive the experience. Phil and Rob
2 days 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. ❤️
2 days ago
Did you like that? The Mabel thing? Thanks so much for the support. It's really appreciated. Dad
2 days ago
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sarra harrison gave $30.00.
Best of luck!! Bring sunscreen & a hat :)
2 days 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
2 days ago
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Shirley Walk gave $100.00.
Good luck with your adventure
2 days ago
Thanks so much Shirley. Your support is really appreciated. Let's hope we survive the experience. Phil and Rob
2 days 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
2 days 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
2 days 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!!
2 days 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 day ago
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Nicholas Priest gave $100.00.
1 day ago
Thanks, so much, Nick. Really appreciate your help. Phil
1 day ago
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Nigel Pengelly gave $50.00.
Good luck Phil - looking forward to updates.
1 day ago
Thanks, so much, Nige. Really appreciated. Phil
1 day 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.
14 hours ago
Touching Megan, but thank you! :-) Phil and Rob
1 day ago
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Robert Nagy gave $50.00.
From Rob Nagy Snr
14 hours ago
Thanks Mr Nagy. Your support is very much appreciated. Phil and Rob
1 day ago
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Robyn and Blue Jones gave $50.00.
14 hours ago
Thanks guys, really appreciate the support. Phil and Rob
9 hours ago
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Jan Hancock gave $100.00.
Great cause, enjoy the rally phil and Rob. Jan and peter from Warialda!
6 hours 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.
5 hours 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 !!!
5 hours 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 hour 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
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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.