Box Rallies (Shitbox Rally & Mystery Box Rally) fund outstanding cancer research projects nationally.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is the pinnacle for vital funding for groundbreaking cancer research projects, but their budget only goes so far. The cancer researchers who miss out get another chance at funding via Cancer Council grants. The impact of these projects has been felt right across Australia with many of the grants made possible by Box Rallies funding.
For the first time, Box Rallies funds the next highest ranked grants after the NHMRC. This means that Box Rallies will fund some of the most exciting cancer research projects across the country – with the highest potential to significantly impact those affected by cancer.
The grants assessed during the application process will be awarded in March with Cancer Council continuing to manage the overall funding process.
Here are some examples of multi-state research funded by Box Rallies:
- testing new drug combinations for pancreatic cancer
- preventing people with immune deficiencies from developing lymphoma
- finding new compounds to target the deadliest type of malignant brain tumour
- developing a way to calculate the safest and most effective dose of radiation for prostate cancer patients
- analysing the largest data set of melanoma genome sequences in the world
- identifying a treatment to block the development and spread of neuroblastoma cells.
Shitbox Rally is a bi-annual event dedicated to raising much needed funds to support cancer research. By getting out and doing something unique, positive and proactive, it brings an element of fun and excitement to the formidable task of raising money to cure this heartbreaking disease.
If you’re entertaining people and inspiring positive feelings in them, they’ll happily hand over money. That’s what fundraising is. Enthusiasm and drive are what’s enabled Box Rallies to raise over 21 million dollars for cancer research during the last ten years.
The funds raised go towards cancer research, but how do they get there? What is the process? How do passion, determination and hard work become funding for cancer research?
Read on to discover how Shitbox Rally teams are directly funding improvements in diagnosis,
treatment and support for cancer patients.
How did Shitbox Rally come into existence?
Shitbox Rally was founded by James Freeman after he lost both of his parents to cancer 12 months apart.
James and his brother nursed their parents through the last stages of their lives. When his Dad passed away, he was devastated. It was a dark time, and James needed something to excite him and help him to make a difference.
Shitbox Rally has always been about having fun, and not taking the serious task of raising money for cancer research too seriously. He spent months working out how the rally would work, and how to make the experience a real challenge for participants. He knew he’d need support to grow awareness of and participation in the rally organically… The more ridiculous the concept was, the better.
Shitbox Rally today
Shitbox Rally has grown to a total of 250 teams, plus support teams, so 550 people.
The rally itself is only part of the project with teams working for many months on their fund-raising efforts. Their hard work is rewarded by the rally itself.
The camaraderie and mate ship that is built over the 7 days of the rally surprises everyone that takes part.
The record breaking amount of funds raised, the positive impact we have on local remote communities and the overall experiences of the rally teams themselves combine to become a hugely rewarding experience for all involved.