Friday, March 4, 2011

Shitbox Rally epic challenge through the Australian Outback

A childhood friend of mine, Blanche and her husband Barry are taking part in this year's Shitbox Rally which the title refers to the shitty cars that they will be driving in an epic rally from Brisbane to Darwin. An adventure full of challenges through the rugged terrain of the Australia Outback on a route that will see them leaving the city of Brisbane, then off to Roma, Longreach, Gregory Downs, middle of nowhere on the Savannah Way, Lorella Springs, across the Katherine Gorge and to their final destination of the city of Darwin


It will indeed be a incredible unique, enjoyable and meaningfully journey that will see them taking a road less traveled especially through some of the remotest parts of the Australian Outback but it is all for a cause that is close to the hearts of many. A disease that has struck many love ones that are often in the prime of their lives or are just too young in life. A horrible disease called CANCER that has affected all too many and if you have lost or know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer it is a horrible disease that has touched us all. 

The Shitbox Rally is officially endorsed by the  Cancer Council of NSW , a leading community funded and focused cancer charity that is dedicated to the defeat of cancer. A charity that provides cancer awareness, information and support services for those affected by cancer and its survivors. All donations are focused to provide valuable funding for the much needed cancer research into successful cancer treatment and cures of cancer for a better quality of life for those affected by the disease.

This rally was especially organised as a fundraising event to raise those much needed donations going towards the commitment to beating cancer. It will be an amazing adventure and a challenge to drive through the Outback but ultimately the aim will be to create the awareness for the much needed funding into battling cancer.

Each of the teams entering to the rally will all need to raise a minimum of $4000 of their own funding and beyond. Each team such as Team Fate Amenable will be driving in a Shitbox of a car only worth $1000, hence the name of this rally ... The Shitbox Rally.

Much needed donations are still needed for this worthy cause and raising the awareness of cancer will increase the chances of early detection of cancer, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer and ultimately lead to an increase survival rate of all those people and their families facing cancer sufferers today.  Visit these websites below for more information about the Shitbox Rally, the Cancer Council of NSW and teams like Team Fate Amenable

Official Shitbox Rally Site:

Official Cancer Council of NSW:

Official Team Fate Amenable Site:

and the many other Shitbox Teams participating in the Shitbox Rally:

On a personal note, in 2003 my father-in-law was diagnosed with liver cancer in addition to being in remission at the time with prostrate cancer. It was a heart wrenching time to see a man still so full of life slip away to this disease. There was no little chance of beating the cancer when the liver cancer was detected as it had be unnoticed during his prostrate cancer treatment. It was a sad fact to take that an earlier detection could have made it treatable but it was too late. He had another six months before he succumbed to the cancer and we were all able to spend precious time with him till the end. He had a long full life, a loving family, gone through the war, and seen his next generations of grandchildren and great-grandchildren come into this world and his journey has touch me and my family to the greater cause of defeating this disease.... so much more can be done and only through a common thread of hope can something be done.


  1. I'm so sorry for your dad. Found ya from the FTLOB blog hop.

    The Shitbox Rally sounds like the best part of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Are you going to be there at the finish line cheering them on?

  2. Mad Max!! It does actually! A mad drive through the outback in some beat up old cars but this time for a great fundraising event.

    I wish I could be there to cheer them on but I have to stay back here and support them for afar.

  3. I'd never heard of the shitbox rally. What a great cause. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. I'm sorry about your father. I lost my mom to liver cancer in 1992. Her tumor was fairly large at the time it was found as well. xx

  4. How could you not love something called a Shitbox rally! Lol. And for a great cause. Sad to read about your father n law, I can tell very loved man:) Visiting from FTLOB! Happy Friday

  5. So sorry about your Father-In-Law - but I love the sound of the Shitbox Rally. Good on you for raising awareness of such a wonderful cause!

    Thanks for Rewinding at the Fibro. :-)

  6. Thanks for the follow
    I am already a follower of yours!
    Have a great weekend!

  7. Cancer is shit so shitbox rally seems appropriate. I'm glad you got some quality time with your dad before he passed away - my dad is going through some major medical dramas at the moment so I've been spending as much time with him as possible because I don't want any regrets should the worst happen.
    Thanks for linking up with FYBF.

  8. Sorry for your FIL. Shit box rally sounds like an amazing cause.
    Awesome blog. So glad I found you via AMB.
    Following you now with GFC.
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