Rally to stop in Far West

A rally fundraiser that took off today will stop in Silverton during its 3200km journey to South Australia.

A rally fundraiser that took off today will stop in Silverton during its 3200km journey to South Australia.

About 250 cars, carrying 500 people, left Hay NSW to begin the seven-day trip to the finish line in Adelaide.

Known as the ‘Shitbox Rally,’ the convoy of vehicles (worth less than $1000) aims to raise $2 million for the Cancer Council.

Box Rallies founder, James Freeman, said the event was not a race but a reward for fundraising efforts that have a fresh route this year.

“This is a chance to explore Australia, drawing teams from around the country to help achieve the extraordinary,” he said.

“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.”

The rally returned after a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. About 80 per cent of this year’s rally that was meant to take place last Spring will be on unsealed roads.

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With over $28.8 million raised since the rallies began, the target for this rally is well in sight, with current fundraising totals passed $1.85 million.

Box Rallies helps to fund research programs 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 steer how the rally funds are distributed to benefit all Australians.

Next Saturday, a car auction will also be held with proceeds to be channelled to the same charity.

For more information or to donate, visit www.shitboxrally.com.au/.

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