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Box Rallies Raises $20 Million For Life-Saving Cancer Research

30th July 2019 - Cancer research Community events

Milestone reached following 10th annual Shitbox Rally

An incredible $20million has been raised for pioneering cancer research, through the challenging yet epic adventure events Shitbox Rally and Mystery Box Rally.

The ‘Box Rallies’ see daring teams make journeys across Australia in cars worth less than $1000 each for Shitbox or at least 25 years old for Mystery Box, making their way through unchartered territory in the hope their car will survive the trip. Participants have now raised over $20million for Cancer Council, reaching the incredible milestone this week.

Jeff Mitchell, CEO, Cancer Council NSW said: “We are incredibly grateful to James and the Box Rallies team for their contribution to funding Cancer Council’s lifesaving research. Reaching the $20million milestone is testament to the commitment of rally participants year on year.

“I was lucky enough to take part in the 10th anniversary Shitbox Rally this May, alongside a team of our own Cancer Council researchers and many other dedicated ‘ralliers’ to see their passion and enthusiasm firsthand.”

James Freeman founded Box Rallies after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months. James said: “I am extremely proud of all participants from our rallies over the last decade to reach this milestone. $20 million raised in 10 years is extraordinary given these were the first 10 years of running our rallies.

“To average $2 million per year knowing the first year we raised $104,000 shows the growth and support we and the teams have been given by the wider community.

“The funds raised have had a big impact on the Cancer Council and the support they give to our amazing national researchers. The work we have been able to fund is having a direct impact on living with and fighting cancer.”

Through Cancer Council, Box Rallies funds life-saving research projects across Australia. A new funding model for 2019 will ensure grants are directed to research projects with the highest potential to impact those affected by cancer. Over the past 10 years, some incredible research has been made possible by the dedicated teams.

Examples of research funded so far includes:

  • 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
  • Identifying a treatment to block the development and spread of neuroblastoma cells.

The fundraising doesn’t stop here. The next Shitbox Rally will take place October 2019, with teams driving from Melbourne to Townsville via the Birdsville track whilst raising more vital funds for cancer research.

Read more about the event and how you can register to take part in a future Box Rally at

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