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MEDIA RELEASE SHITBOX RALLY HAY TO ADELAIDE March 2022

SHITBOX RALLY TO FINISH IN ADELAIDE, SA
250 CARS TO TRAVEL OVER 3,200KMS FOR CANCER RESEARCH WITH $2 MILLION TARGET

After waiting for 2 years due to COVID, on Saturday 26th March 2022, 500 people in teams of 2, in cars worth less than $1,000 (aka shitboxes) will leave Hay, NSW to take part in Shitbox Rally. Seven days later, they will cross the finish line in Adelaide, SA having travelled over 3,200kms, successfully completing the largest independent fundraiser for Cancer Council nationally. With over $28.3 million raised since the rallies began, the $2 million target for this rally is well in sight with current fundraising totals at over $1.67 million.

James Freeman who founded Box Rallies (Shitbox and Mystery Box Rally) after losing both of his parents to cancer within 12 months of each other said: “Shitbox Rally is not a race, but a reward for fundraising efforts. This is a chance to explore Australia, drawing teams from around the country to help achieve the extraordinary. When having to postpone Shitbox Rally – Spring for another year I was totally fed up and knew the teams were too. For 2 years they had been waiting to rally. I wasn’t prepared to wait another full year, so decided to do the Spring rally in March.

We can’t stay with the original route (Mackay to Darwin) due to the wet season, so I had to come up with something else. This will be the first Shitbox to depart outside of a major city – definitely the first to start in a small country town. Every stop on this route is at a place I love and travels through some incredible places. Plus, a whopping 80% of the rally will be on unsealed roads. There are a lot of firsts for this rally which is amazing after 19 Shitbox Rallies done in the past. We’re grateful for the hard work and support of the teams who take part and the communities who help them to fundraise.” said James.

The impact of COVID in 2020 and 2021 has made it particularly difficult for teams to fundraise and Box Rallies has seen its expected fundraising total for the period, cut by as much as $7.2 million from Cancer Research. Rallies are the reward for raising vital funds for cancer research but when the reward is unable to take place, the fundraising slows considerably.

We are thrilled to be in partnership with Rally School Australia, Manheim Auctions Australia & Atomix Design

MARCH 2022 ROUTE
MEDIA AND PUBLIC EVENTS:

HAY, NSW START LINE – https://fb.me/e/3R1JXwB1j
Saturday 26th March

ADELAIDE, SA FINISH LINE – https://fb.me/e/5LWMUiza9
FRIDAY 1st APRIL from 3pm

AUCTION – https://fb.me/e/2cDZng0st
Manheim, South Australia on Saturday 2nd April
Public viewing from 9am and auction at 9.30am

RALLY TEAMS (please click on SPRING 21): https://www.shitboxrally.com.au/teams/

RALLY VIDEOS: https://vimeo.com/shitboxrally

RALLY IMAGES FOR MEDIA USE: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shitboxrally/albums

WEBSITE: http://www.shitboxrally.com.au

SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @shitboxrally

2021 RESEARCH GRANTS
FY 2019/2020

Box Rallies, funds the highest ranked research programs as listed and vetted by Australia’s cancer research scientific community from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Funding via the NHMRC is a Cancer Council initiative and as our partners they steer how the funds are distributed so they benefit all Australians to the highest level

Garvan Institute of Medical Research NSW (Dr Robert Weatheritt) – $448,283: Breast – switching off the spread of triple-negative breast cancer

University of Technology Sydney NSW (Dr Doan Trang Nguyen) – $449,316: Using artificial intelligence to enhance radiotherapy effectiveness

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research & University of Western Australia WA (Prof Peter Leedman) – $450,00: Liver – finding new ways to treat liver cancer

University of Queensland QLD (Prof Gabrielle Belz) – $382,148: Melanoma – finding new treatment targets for advanced melanoma

University of Melbourne VIC (Dr Michelle Peate) – $434,639: Improving the health and well-being of women cancer survivors

Centenary Institute NSW (Dr Jessamy Tiffen) – $447,725: Melanoma – reversing treatment resistance in melanoma

PR/Media contact:
Katherine Ferris
Mobile: 0429 050 1119
Email: media@boxrallies.com

*Katherine will be on the Rally*