Goal $10,000
Fundraising for Cancer Council
Cancer Council
Shitbox Rally Spring 2024
$1,330
Raised
13%
Our Story …

We're driving from Bendigo to Townsville in the Shitbox Rally Spring 2024!


Why Slow Learners?

You remember what it was like to learn to drive? Are you still carrying a few hang-ups. Despite Geoff holding a car licence and Ken holding forklift, car and truck licences, these haven't been gained without a few scars. And this year we're going to exorcise our learning-to-drive demons - and all for a good cause.


What's the cause?

Shitbox Rally is the largest community led fundraiser for Cancer Council in Australia and is now in its 14th year. Part of the participation is that all teams have to raise a minimum of $5,000 but most teams raise well above this amount as you can see with the Spring 2024 rally target set at $2,000,000 plus.


These funds go to Cancer Council and we are extremely proud to be doing our part to support such a worthy charity (while working through some learning-to-drive baggage).


The fundraising is the hard part, so any donation you can give is greatly appreciated.


What's next?

  1. Find a car (less than $1,500, those are the rules)
  2. Get it ready for an epic 3,000km road trip
  3. Cross our fingers the car makes it


You can follow our progress on this page and the blog post.

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Here's what I'm doing …

Shitbox Rally is the adventure of a lifetime challenging participants and their cars, worth no more than $1,500, on a 7 day drive across Australia to raise money for cancer research.

The rally is not a race – it’s a fun, colourful, unpredictable adventure with participants travelling at their own pace in smaller groups. Vehicles often break down but “we never leave anyone behind” and each night is spent camping beneath the stars and celebrating the day’s achievements. It all adds up to an incredible opportunity to see Australia’s vast and beautiful countryside and make lifelong friends, many brought together after experiencing cancer themselves or seeing cancer impact family and friends.

Since it’s inception the rally has been the largest fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally.

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raised: $625,646
target: $2,000,000
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3 months ago
Slow Learners
Slow Learners
<p><strong>Meet the Slow Learners...</strong></p><p></p><p>We are brothers living in Melbourne and between us have 6 kids, 3 chooks and 2 dogs.</p><p></p><p><strong>Geoff: </strong></p>Older brotherFirst Car: 2002 Daihatsu SirionLowest point while learning to drive: Driving a Daihatsu Sirion Highest point while driving: <p></p><p><strong>Ken: </strong></p>Younger brotherFirst Car: 1981 Toyota Celica Lowest point while learning to drive: Stalling twice during the driving test (once in front of some kids from school)Highest point while learning to drive: Getting my truck licence. The Linfox Driver Training team are epic. <p></p>
3 months ago
Slow Learners
Slow Learners
<p>Next update - we start looking for our car...</p>
2 months ago
Slow Learners
John Sargent gave $50.00.
All the best Ken & Geoff! We need to hear the stories afterwards. from John, Abby, & Tom
2 months ago
John - you ROCK for making a donation. In fact, yours was the first donation. This makes you a LEGEND. Thank you.
2 months ago
Slow Learners
Slow Learners
<p><strong>Erratum - My first car was actually a Nissan Pulsar...</strong></p><p>I need to correct an earlier post. My first car was actually a 1984 Nissan Pulsar hatchback (the Sirion, aka "Blue Jelly-Bean" was my 3rd car). My step-father Pete (who is also mechanic) sourced the Pulsar and coached me through fixing it to get it on the road. It took quite some time much to Pete's bemusement. I claim it was because it was a low priority (Slow learner?). He claims it was because I didn't like getting my hands dirty (apparently I kept going inside to wash grease of my hands). In recognition of this, and with the expectation that my hands will be getting quite dirty as we try and get our Shitbox to Townsville, Mum and Pete gifted me some special rubber gloves (see photo of me modeling them). Thanks Mum &amp; Pete - very thoughtful.</p>
2 months ago
Slow Learners
Alex Hunter gave $50.00.
Good luck and have fun! Love Al, Kate, Kitty and Augie
2 months ago
Hi Kate, Alex, Kitty & Augie - thanks for the generous donation!
2 months ago
Hi Kate, Alex, Kitty & Augie - thanks for the generous donation!
2 months ago
Slow Learners
Rebecca Laface gave $50.00.
Well done on a great cause!
2 months ago
Hi Bec - thanks for the generous donation! We'll be sure to keep you updated with progress. I know car racing holds a special place in Joe's heart 🏁
2 months ago
Hi Bec - thanks for the generous donation! We'll be sure to keep you updated with progress. I know car racing holds a special place in Joe's heart 🏁
2 months ago
Slow Learners
Alan Blackburn gave $100.00.
Geoff hope trip is going well and that the car holds together. Best wishes Alan
2 months ago
Hey Al! Thanks for the very generous donation! I've always admired your spirit of adventure. I'll keep you posted as we do this adventure. Cheers, Geoff.
2 months ago
Slow Learners
Feng Zhao gave $50.00.
good try! have fun, you will get vehicle mechanic license too.
2 months ago
Hi Feng! From one ex-CAML to another Thanks for the generous donation! Really thoughtful.
2 months ago
Slow Learners
Margaret Stam gave $100.00.
x Mum & Pete
2 months ago
Hey Mum & Pete - Thank you for your very generous donation! Thank you too for my gloves - they are beautiful and will be very useful 😆
1 month ago
Slow Learners
Kathy Thomas gave $100.00.
Good on you bith. Enjoy
1 month ago
Thank you for your generous donation Kath! Suspect I should be donating to you in recognition of all the babysitting you do. Much appreciated.
1 month ago
Slow Learners
Slow Learners
<p>The great thing about doing this challenge with your brother is that it gives you a chance to reminisce about times gone by. Below is the first image of the two of us blazing a trail on our first set of wheels.</p><p></p><p>This is Canberra, circa 1979 and that trike did some heavy mileage and had two resprays before being decommissioned many years later in Victoria.</p><p></p><p>Speaking of wheels, we're now on the hunt for a (partially) reliable set that will get us from Bendigo to Townsville. If you have a line in to a well loved set, we'd love to hear from you. </p>
1 month ago
Slow Learners
Slow Learners
<p>CAR HUNT!</p><p></p><p>We have begun looking for our car - as always - if you have a line in to a vehicle that costs less than $1,500 (we'll pay cash!) let us know.</p><p></p><p>For now, see some of our early work in tracking down the wheels that will get us to Townsville.... </p>
1 month ago
Slow Learners
Slow Learners
<p>Australian Classic - but don't think it'll make the journey.</p>
1 month ago
Slow Learners
Slow Learners
<p>Needs a wheel alignment...</p>
1 month ago
Slow Learners
Slow Learners
<p>It'll buff out...</p>
1 month ago
Slow Learners
Slow Learners
<p>One lady driver...</p>
1 month ago
Slow Learners
Slow Learners
<p>Too rich for our blood...</p>
1 month ago
Slow Learners
Nick Morison gave $20.00.
Drive well Ken!
1 month ago
Thanks Nick! Looking forward to showing off the care when we find it.
1 month ago
Slow Learners
Marcus Johnson gave $20.00.
Go well Ken
1 month ago
Thanks Marcus!
1 month ago
Slow Learners
Onya Help Hire gave $50.00.
Great stuff guys! Good luck on the butt!
1 month ago
Thanks Ian! Looking forward to showing off the care when we find it.
1 month ago
Slow Learners
Farhan Alam gave $20.00.
Drive hard, drive well!
1 month ago
Thanks Farhan - suspect our car won't be as nice as the one you're road tripping in this Easter!
1 month ago
Slow Learners
karen booth gave $50.00.
Keep your seat belt on!
3 weeks ago
Thanks Karen! Geoff promises to bring me back in one piece. That probably means I will have to do most of the driving! Thanks for your support - I look forward to sharing the photos!
1 month ago
Slow Learners
Tracey Johnson gave $100.00.
Go Ken! Awesome fun for a great cause!
3 weeks ago
Thanks Tracey! You know us Victorian's will use any excuse to get to a warmer climate during winter! Thanks for your support!
1 month ago
Slow Learners
Charlotte Gilmore gave $20.00.
Good luck guys!
3 weeks ago
Thanks Charlotte! As someone who has road-tripped with Griffins before, you know how excited we are about this. Thanks for your support!
1 month ago
Slow Learners
Tony Wells gave $100.00.
Go you good things!
3 weeks ago
Thanks Charlotte! As someone who has road tripped with Griffins before, you know how excited we are to be on the road for this adventure! Thanks for your support!
3 weeks ago
Thanks Tony! We're hoping our road trip may get close to your epic road adventures. Thanks for your support!
3 weeks ago
Slow Learners
Terence Gunning gave $250.00.
Great work Griffins!
3 weeks ago
Terry - go raibh maith agat. Humbled by your generosity.
2 weeks ago
Slow Learners
Ben Purcell gave $200.00.
Go Kenny! Fun way to give back mate. Not designed to go smooth by the sound of it but the grief’ll no doubt make for some great stories!
1 week ago
Thanks Ben! We'll do our best to make sure that we've got stories to share (and maybe even some evidence to back them up!)
1 week ago
Thanks Ben! Looking forward to some great adventures on the road (and hopefully surviving to bring back the evidence!)
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The Impact, Outcomes & Charity

Shitbox Rally is a dedicated fundraising event for cancer research with funds going to Cancer Council.

Cancer Council is one of the largest non-government funders of cancer research in Australia. We conduct and fund research studies across all cancers and all stages of the cancer journey.

Thanks to the community funds raised such as Shitbox Rally we can fund world-class research that reduces the impact of cancer for everyone.

$41 million over the past 13 years has been raised by Box Rallies to date, supporting ground-breaking projects such as:

  • A research study to develop a vaccine that protects against lymphoma cancers.
  • A research trial to standardise international guidelines on melanoma removal.
  • A research grant to revolutionise the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

These projects wouldn’t be possible without your support.