Goal $3,500

The Newbies

Fundraising for Cancer Council
Cancer Council
Mystery Box Rally 2019
$3,680
Raised
105%
Our Story …

Matt and I are excited to announce that we're taking part in Mystery Box Rally in August 2019!! It means that we will do a road trip in a car older than 25 years (a pre-requisite) - and, after a false start with a fuel guzzling 1988 Ford Panel Van - 4ltr, 3 on the tree which had to be scrapped shortly after we bought it, we are pleased to introduce to you our 1993 Mazda 121 Fun Top !

We head out from Byron Bay and return 5 days later, and where we go in between is a mystery! We will be sleeping out under the stars, travelling in convoy with other teams, donning fancy dress in PJ and Winter Olympics themes (that will be interesting) and hopefully our new Bubble will make it back without breaking down! Have a look at the video on this page from 2018 to see what it will be like. (and see below the comments we add as we prepare for and travel on the rally).

Mystery Box Rally is one of the largest community lead fundraising events for the Cancer Council in Australia having raised over $3.5 million in the last 6 years. Part of the requirements for our participation is to raise a minimum of $3,500 but we hope to raise well above this amount. These funds go to the Cancer Council and we are extremely proud to be doing our part to support such a worthy charity. They do some awesome work supporting people with cancer, and funding important research. Matt and I have been very fortunate that cancer hasn't affected our family like it has so many others, but that doesn't mean we aren't acutely aware of the need to raise funds for research and support. What an engaging way to help contribute to a much needed charity.

Fundraising is the hard part (and we actually have set donation targets to achieve - $2000 by mid June and $3000 by mid July !), so any donation you can give is greatly appreciated (over $2 is tax deductible and you will receive a receipt as soon as the transaction is complete - just scroll down to the 'DONATE NOW' tab). Thanks in advance for any support you can give us by donating and a HUGE thank you to everyone who has already made a donation, we are very appreciate of the support.

Tash xx

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Here's what I'm doing …

Teams will drive their own 25+ year old cars along a mystery route in this unique 5 day challenge, all in the name of cancer research. The route is a loop starting and finishing at the same location, but all the other details are kept under wraps, only given to the teams each morning.

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."

raised: $1,032,837
target: $1,000,000
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7 months ago
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Anonymous gave $50.00.
Good luck and have a ball !
6 months ago
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Ian Roberts gave $100.00.
Go Guys! Enjoy yourselves big time!
6 months ago
Thank you thank you so much for the generous donatiion to Cancer Council and supporting us on the rally :-)
5 months ago
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Katja Cassidy gave $100.00.
Good luck guys! Hope you have a safe trip. K + Glenn x
5 months ago
thanks K and G for the support. Will be lots of fun and no doubt K will hear about the preparations it over the odd beverage !
5 months ago
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Sharon Lovison gave $100.00.
Awesome Tash & Matt, I think you need to create a blog/insta page for your trip! xx
5 months ago
Thanks Shaz for such a generous donation ... as soon as you heard about it. Will definitely get a blog set up - when we have something to report ! :-)
5 months ago
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Diane Hermans gave $50.00.
What an awesome thing to do and to raise money for such a worthwhile cause - good luck!
5 months ago
Thanks Di for supporting us with this, and of course the generous $$ towards Cancer Council. Will keep you updated on the planning of this crazy adventure :-)
5 months ago
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Natasha Sturrock gave $200.00.
valuable $$ on behalf of Mum and Ron Hale xx
5 months ago
a big thank you to Carrol and Ron Hale
5 months ago
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Lauren Toussaint gave $100.00.
5 months ago
Thank you darling. Really appreciate your support
5 months ago
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Aimee Stewart gave $30.00.
Yay you guys! Have heaps of fun and well done on raising money for such a worth cause. Travel well! x
5 months ago
Thanks love. Hope the NZ/AUD conversion was favourable :-)
5 months ago
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Katrina De Jesus gave $50.00.
Good Luck guys! Keep us all posted on how you go!!
5 months ago
Thanks so much Katrina. I'm in awe of the generosity of the amazing people at work ! We really appreciate your donation :-)
5 months ago
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Michelle Andrews gave $30.00.
What a great initative - you and Matt are going to have a blast! Make sure you take lots of pics along the way
5 months ago
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Rob Mckenzie gave $200.00.
Enjoy the mystery tour!
4 months ago
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Paul xifaras gave $50.00.
can't wait !
4 months ago
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Beverley Sturrock gave $100.00.
Good luck - look forward to hearing about it.
3 months ago
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Sneak peak of our new rally car !! It's having a once over by our mechanic, but we are so excited - it feels like we are now well on the journey towards 5 days of crazy rallying out from Byron in August in this petrol-guzzling jalopy! Just quietly, we are feeling the itch to change our team name to something that reflects this Aussie icon....!

3 months ago
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Kim Frenzel gave $100.00.
What great fun and a fantastic opportunity..think its great you guys are participating and raising money for such a worthy cause at the same time. Have fun and safe travels. x
3 months ago
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Simon Sturrock gave $100.00.
3 months ago
Thank you thank you Simon. We really appreciate your support and can't wait to tell you all the details about it. It's going to be crazy mad but so fun.
3 months ago
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Its official - our Aussie Icon dream car has seen better days and is headed for the scrap yard:  Our mechanic broke the news to us that the chassis damage was extensive and irreparable!  Clearly a trap for rookie players - and a reminder that you get what you pay for! But look at those curtains … and it had a mattress and a detachable roof mounted awning. It was going to be perfect for the rally - but alas, is not meant to be. But we haven't wasted any time doing our due diligence on a replacement ....

3 months ago
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So ... Please meet our new (replacement) wheels, a 1993 Mazda 121 Fun Top.... we are excited about our little Bubble and the MTA inspection and mechanic have given it a clean bill of health!  It's not quite the Aussie icon that the Panel Van was, but the 'Bubble' holds lots of fond memories for many people and will be so much fun, while we participate in this fabulous charity rally.  Keep an eye out for updates as we dress her up for the rally....

PS:  thank you so much to everyone who has already donated to Cancer Council in support of our entry - its very much appreciated :-)

3 months ago
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Nathaniel Toussaint gave $100.00.
Sounds like so much fun !
3 months ago
The Newbies
Nathaniel Toussaint gave $100.00.
3 months ago
thanks Nate. We really appreciate your generous support when you are saving up to go overseas !
3 months ago
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Nicole Czerwinski gave $50.00.
3 months ago
aw, thanks Nic ! Will keep you updated with it. In the meantime, Happy 21st !! Sorry we missed it last week.
3 months ago
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Simon Sturrock gave $100.00.
3 months ago
Thanks Si so much for putting in extra to help us get to our target today - we really really appreciate it :-)
3 months ago
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Beverley Sturrock gave $100.00.
3 months ago
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Matthew Sturrock gave $200.00.
Little top up to reach the rally target of $2000 by 17 June 2019. Thanks again to everyone who has already donated. We really appreciate all the support, as does Cancer Council !
2 months ago
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Elizabeth Westwood gave $100.00.
Wonderful adventure for a fabulous cause. We can’t wait for the ‘stories’ Liz & Larry
2 months ago
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Kim Hale gave $500.00.
Sounds like lots of fun. Wish we were going too ! The $$ are for such a great cause.
2 months ago
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Hannah Lincey gave $100.00.
1 month ago
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Bev Sturrock gave $100.00.
Love hearing about all the planning. Here is a little top up to help with the fundraising target. Good Luck !
1 month ago
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Ian Dryland gave $400.00.
enjoy you crazy kids!
1 month ago
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Anonymous gave $150.00.
To "the Newbies" , good on you for participating in this event. All the best for the trip. Cheers Shane & Barbara
1 month ago
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Rob McKenzie gave $315.00.
Proceeds from the raffle of a bottle of grange at Lion should help to get you across the line......have a great trip
1 month ago
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Natasha Sturrock gave $5.00.
Loose change in the Cancer Council Research box in the Lv 9 kitchen - thanks everyone who tossed in the coins
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The Impact, Outcomes & Charity

Mystery Box 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 Mystery Box Rally we can fund world-class research that reduces the impact of cancer for everyone.

Over $13 million 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.