Box Rallies, the largest independent fundraiser for Cancer Council, is pleased to announce today its unique fundraising initiatives – Shitbox Rally Australia, Mystery Box Rally and Shitbox Rally New Zealand, have raised a total of $10,156,000 to date since its inception in 2010.
All funds raised from Shitbox Rally Australia and Mystery Box Rally go directly to Cancer Council’s cancer research and awareness programs, whilst participants of Shitbox Rally New Zealand can choose to contribute to either Cancer Council or the Cancer Society of New Zealand.
Box Rallies Founder James Freeman is extremely proud about this milestone achievement of the rallies, “Our lives have all been touched by cancer one way or another. Box Rallies creates opportunities to bring like-minded individuals together for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to tackle this terrible disease and the impact it has on the community. I am very proud of what we have achieved in just seven years. A big thank you to everyone who has supported Box Rallies in the past, present and those fundraising right now for the 2017 events.”
Shitbox Rally was founded in 2010 by James Freeman as a way of raising critical funds and awareness for cancer research initiatives after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other. Each year, participants are challenged to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across Australia via some of its most deserted yet scenic roads. To qualify for the rally, each team is required to raise at least $4,000.
Followed by his tremendous success in establishing Shitbox Rally Australia as a fun and rewarding challenge for fundraisers, Freeman introduced Mystery Box Rally, a unique 5-day mysterious round-trip adventure in 2013, as well as Shitbox Rally New Zealand in 2016.
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Shitbox Rally is not a race but rather a challenge to achieve the unthinkable: to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across Australia via some of its most arduous roads – all to raise money for cancer research. Shitbox Rally was founded in 2010 by James Freeman after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other as a way of raising money and awareness in the fight against cancer – a disease that now affects so many people. Over the last seven years, Shitbox Rally has raised over $8.164 million for cancer research, making the rally the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally.
The rally is a reward for all the fundraising the dedicated participants do to put into research for prevention and ultimately to help find a cure for cancer, and it’s a chance to meet like-minded people and see our vast and beautiful country in a totally unique way. To qualify to be in Shitbox Rally, supporters must have raised a minimum of $4,000.
2017 marks the eighth Shitbox Rally. Previous rally routes include 2016 Mackay to Hobart across Bass Strait, 2015 Canberra to Townsville via the Birdsville Track, 2014 Perth to Darwin via the Gibb River Road, 2013 Adelaide to Fremantle via Uluru, 2012 Melbourne to Cairns via Innamincka, 2011 Brisbane to Darwin via the Savannah Way and 2010 Sydney to Alice Springs via the Oodnadatta Track. For more details please visit www.shitboxrally.com.au.
Overwhelmed by the tremendous success in its first international destination in New Zealand, Shitbox Rally NZ is returning in February 2017. To register for 2017 Shitbox Rally New Zealand, or to find out more information, visit www.shitboxrally.co.nz.
An additional $2.010 million has also been raised for Cancer Council over the past three years of Mystery Box Rally, a similar concept also created by James Freeman. Known as Shitbox Rally’s mad baby brother, Mystery Box is, as the name suggests, a mysterious adventure in mystery cars with a shorter distance and less days travelling. Unlike Shitbox Rally, this rally takes care of finding the cars and each location is a mystery, adding to the excitement and adventure of the drive. For more information please visit www.mystery-box.com.au.