Just nine years after Shitbox Rally launched, fundraising totals have reached $15 million for Cancer Council.
Proudly the charity’s biggest national fundraiser, Shitbox Rally challenges teams of two to drive a car worth less than $1k (aka a ‘shitbox’) across Australia’s dusty outback roads for a week.
When founder James Freeman launched the rally in 2009 he wanted to find a way to fight for cancer victims and sufferers after losing both his mother and father to cancer in quick succession.
With 17 rallies completed to date, it has clearly been a winning formula of hard work, fun and fundraising with participants testing themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually.
“I am absolutely thrilled that our combined fundraising efforts have ticked over $15 million raised, especially to reach this amount before we embark on our 10 year anniversary rally in 2019. I am hoping with the continued support from our participants we can capitalise on our growth and double this amount in the next 5 years.” said Freeman.
Also contributing to fundraising totals is the rally’s little brother, Mystery Box Rally which is a similar, shorter rally where participants are only told which town they will begin and end in – the rest is a mystery.
Professor Karen Canfell, Director of Research at Cancer Council NSW said “We are incredibly grateful to Box Rallies for raising $15 million for Cancer Council, which helps to fund our life-saving research. We rely on community donations to fund our work; since 2010, Box Rallies has helped fund over 24 cutting-edge cancer research projects across Australia – projects that are giving us hope for a cancer free future”.
Its been a massive 2018 for Box Rallies so far with the Brisbane to Darwin Shitbox Rally breaking all fundraising expectations in May 2018, a ten-year anniversary rally just announced for 2019 from Perth to Sydney and the 2018 Mystery Box Rally due to start in Mildura in October 2018.
Source: Shitbox Rally