I am really pleased to announce that my son Jason and I (Trevor) are taking part in Shitbox Rally 2020 Autumn!! This year, we are driving a shitbox 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.
My family actually organised this as a surprise for my 70th birthday. My son and I have always tinkered with cars. Jason and I bought a Volkswagen as a jigsaw puzzle and spent most of his high school years piecing it together.
I have always loved cars, I even managed to talk my wife into buying at $20000 C3 Corvette 1974… if only they made an $1000 corvette we would be driving that! Although truth be told, the corvette spent most of its time in the front yard… and the Subaru is true the family car for us! Everyone in my family drives a subaru. My wife gets around in a B4 twin turbo, my daughter in an impreza, and my son has both a forester Sti and a 2 Door WXR Sti.
I am a retired Boilermaker TAFE teacher, and have been enjoying my retirement racing around on my hobby farm in Maclean’s Ridges on a razor All terrain vehicle, and volunteering for the SES.
Just participating in the rally is a dream come true, but raising money for the Cancer Council makes it an even more amazing experience! I was first diagnosed in 1999, with a metastatic melanoma which has been attributed to my service in Vietnam in 1971 to 1972 for the 6 RAR NZ and 7RAR.
Since then I have had 4 surgeries to remove secondary tumors as well as radiotherapy. I was in remission after the first diagnosis until 2009. I have had tumors removed from my lymph nodes, lower abdomen, shoulder and right hip. Fingers crossed that’s the last of the tumours! I have been free and clear since May 2017.
I like chickens, cows and Subaru’s! I am really looking forward to the rally and hanging out with my favourite son. It has been a while since we have spent this long together in a car. Our last trip together was when we travelled across route 66 in 2014.
The last time I drove through the middle of Australia was with my wife for our honeymoon in a mini cooper S… I am hoping to beat my time this year!
So instead of selling raffle tickets or wearing a bikini to wash cars... I am going to use my BBQ skills to sell my body weight in sausages at Bunnings! Come down and buy a sausage and a cake (my wife is part of the country women's association and she is calling on her CWA mates for a massive favour so she can me get out of the house for a week!) and donate to a worthy cause! We will be at Lismore Bunnings on Friday 28th of February and Friday 27th of March. See you there!
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.
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.