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.
After losing my brother early 2019 to prostate cancer I decided that the best way I could honour him was to take part in the Shitbox Rally. I had previously applied back in 2011 and intended to complete the event with the man himself Paul “Chewie Wookie” Turner, unfortunately the timing was wrong as he had just welcomed his first child into the world. Our dad was a mechanic and we grew up with a mutual love of cars and bikes.... well pretty much anything with an engine.
Keeping it in the family my natural choice for a teammate was another Turner my cousin Lance, he also had a love of bikes and cars and caught up with PT for rides whenever they could. Lance also wanted to commemorate other family members impacted by this terrible disease. Two aunties lost to melanoma far too soon - Janette Thompson, mother to Stephen & Michelle, wife to Chris also Kim Thompson mother to Kate & Liam also wife to Chris. One other Aunty Carol Thompson, mother to Natasha, Renei, Thomas, Joe & Jasmine, wife to Paul Thompson also lost her battle too cancer far too young.
Having grown up learning to drive on the dirt roads around Jervis Bay and having owned dozens of “shitboxes “ between the 3 of us it seemed only fitting to participate in the autumn 2020 SBR.
To add to the adventure we will be driving our Shitbox from Wollongong to the start line in Alice Springs.
We also want to celebrate the cancer survivors in our family, Mouses’ mother Mary and cousin Lyndal who have both beaten breast cancer, also his dad who had brain cancer and is now all clear.
That’s the real reason we want to complete the SBR2020 to hear more survivors stories and help raise money for research and support.
All funds raised 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.
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.