Goal $5,000

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Fundraising for Cancer Council
Cancer Council
Mystery Box Rally 2019
$3,175
Raised
64%
Our Story …

Tom and Murray are really happy to announce that they are taking part in the Mystery Box Rally in 2019!

They both have their stories.

Murray was diagnosed with bowel cancer in January 2017. Since his diagnosis he went through a series of treatments, including radiation, chemotherapy and operations in mid-2018. With the support of his wife Andi and his 4 daughters he fought hard and is currently fighting fit and all clear.

Tom had a small scare with a tumor in his appendix in May 2017. His main inspiration for taking part in the Rally is his mother-in law Arlene who battled with pancreatic cancer for nearly 2 years before passing in August 2018. Undergoing a large operation and a significant number of chemotherapy treatments, Arlene showed an immense fighting spirit and never stopped fighting until the very end.

Although the above were trying times and impacted their friends and family in different ways it has motivated both Murray and Tom to raise money for the Cancer Council, and what better way than driving a little $200 Daihatsu Charade around the country.

They hope you can get on board to support them and follow their journey.

The 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 the participation is to raise a minimum of $3,500 but they hope to raise well above this amount.

These funds go to the Cancer Council and they are extremely proud to be doing their part to support such a worthy charity. The Cancer Council do some awesome work supporting people with cancer, and funding important research.

Fundraising is the hard part, so any donation you can give is greatly appreciated. Please make sure to follow their progress via this page and the blog post below.

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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."

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4 weeks ago
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This is our chariot. 1983 Daihatsu Charade 3 cylinder auto in good condition (currently)

1 week ago
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kieran smith gave $50.00.
Good luck boys and great cause to be doing this for!
1 week ago
Hey Kieran, thanks mate. You are our 1st donation and have started us on our way.
1 week ago
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Murray Johnson gave $200.00.
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1 week ago
OK - I think this demonstrates the social media and technology learning curve I am on as part of the Rally experience. I couldn't even manage a sensible message when making a donation to support our own team effort. A single letter "P" - pathetic!. Technology will not stand in our way though as we prepare our 36 year old, 3 cylinder automatic for the drive of it's life while raising funds for the Cancer Council (and having a bucket load of fun to boot).
1 week ago
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Peter Kelly gave $200.00.
A small donation but I hope it helps a little in the search for a cure to the curse that is cancer.
1 week ago
Pete, you are a legend. Thanks for your generosity. Looking forward to the catch up on the next postie ride.
1 week ago
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Rick Pobjoy gave $200.00.
Good luck Fella's, and have fun!
1 week ago
Thanks Rick - really appreciate the donation and your support - especially forwarding on the message to your family and friend as well. We're already having fun and we've hardly even started. It's going to be awesome.
1 week ago
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Mem Bektas gave $50.00.
Love the name of your team, very creative.... for an engineer :-P Good luck with the journey
1 week ago
Thanks mate - as per my email greatly appreciated. I will have to think about what it would cost you to put a big sticker of your head on the bonnet.
1 week ago
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Simon Pobjoy gave $50.00.
1 week ago
G'day Simon - thanks for jumping on board. We really appreciate your contribution mate. We'll keep you updated with our antics as we prepare the smallest and least powerful car I've ever owned for the biggest drive it has ever undertaken.
1 week ago
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Adrian Eldred gave $100.00.
1 week ago
Thanks for your support Adrian. Greatly appreciated. I look forward to sharing some progress pics of the "modifications" of the car with the shift 3 guys.
6 days ago
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gary Fogg gave $200.00.
Sounds like a heap of fun and supporting a worthy cause Enjoy!
6 days ago
Thanks Foggy for your generous donation, and your support spreading the message and getting more people and companies interested. Any mechanical advice you have on car preparation would be well received - I'm told the corrugations, the dust and the heat can be relentless!.
6 days ago
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Shane Stewart gave $100.00.
6 days ago
Cheers Shane, your support and donation means a lot and is helping out a very worthy cause....And then you get to hear me tell you all about it at work as well in the months leading up, and after the event as well. Thanks again.
6 days ago
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Grant Gibbs gave $50.00.
Enjoy the experience guys....what could possibly go wrong!
6 days ago
Hey Grant - thanks for the donation mate. We need to spend some time on the car and hopefully we can turn it into a high reliability unit. We will post the progress.
6 days ago
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Dino DiMattia gave $50.00.
All my best!
1 day ago
Thanks Dino for getting on board and supporting the Cancer Council cause (and our adventure) - we really appreciate your donation. Maybe one day you'll get up to the highlands of PNG and I'll share the stories in detail.
6 days ago
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Alex Catto-Smith gave $100.00.
Great stuff Tommy, can't wait to see a photo of the Charade on its roof
3 days ago
Hey Alex. Thanks for the support. We really appreciate it as your donation will be supporting cancer research. Hopefully the Charade does not end up on its roof.
6 days ago
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Ary Rithuan gave $75.00.
Good on ya Tom! Oh by the way the Charade was my driving test car so that goes to say it's one hardy machine! Keep the updates coming!
3 days ago
Ary. Thanks for your donation mate. Muzz and I really appreciate it and we are really excited to be raising money for the cancer council and all the good work they do.
6 days ago
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Patrick Blackmon gave $300.00.
Good luck, hope you make it to the end with that old car.
5 days ago
Wow!, thanks Patrick for your super generous support. Your donation to the Cancer Council cause means a great deal to us and has the potential to make a real difference to those touched by cancer through funding for research and treatment. Hopefully my time working in Maintenance will help ensure our little old car makes it through to the end.
5 days ago
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Brad Boekeman gave $200.00.
Good luck fellows....a great cause
5 days ago
Thanks a heap Brad - your support means a lot to Tom and I and to the Cancer Council. I look forward to sharing the stories with you at work while we prepare the vehicle and ourselves for the greatest drive of this little car's life.
5 days ago
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Jim Pobjoy gave $100.00.
Good luck with the tour Murray. Jim and Sue.
5 days ago
Hello Jim and Sue - great to have you on board supporting the Cancer Council and our adventure getting this frightfully underpowered 3 cylinder, automatic , 36 year old car through a rally that is well outside it's original design parameters. It is going to be a massive amount of fun!
5 days ago
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Nick and Elisha Evans gave $100.00.
Good job lads.
3 days ago
Hey Nick and Elisha. Thanks for your donation. We really appreciate it and are very thankful for the support. We are looking forward to raising some money for a cause we are both passionate about. Speak soon.
4 days ago
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Ryan Davidson gave $150.00.
All the best boys! Great cause and I hope the adventure is wicked.
3 days ago
Hey Ryan, Sarah, Jonathan and Abbigale - thanks for the generous donation. You have helped us get well on our way to meeting the donation target to qualify for the rally. Keep an eye on our page as we will be sure to post updates as the car progresses.
3 days ago
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Hussain Ali gave $100.00.
Good on you mate, have a great time.
3 days ago
Hey Hussain. Thanks for your support. We are really looking forward to the adventure and hope to raise as much money as we can for the cancer council.
2 days ago
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Peter Ronalds gave $50.00.
1 day ago
Nice one PJ - thanks for your donation and support. Another crazy adventure, but this time we have a really good cause to support (the Cancer Council) rather than just being self indulgent. See you soon in Northern Thailand for some motorbike riding.
2 days ago
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John Hayes gave $100.00.
Happy to help boys, glad you’re able to do it. Look forward to the tales.... Hayesy
1 day ago
Thanks Hayesy - really appreciate your donation to the Cancer Council supporting our team. Guaranteed there will be plenty of adventure and tales to be told - 36 year old 3 cylinder automatic cars with a 993cc capacity making 59hp (when new) wouldn't be expected to complete this rally without a few hiccups along the way. I have motorbikes with bigger engines!
1 day ago
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Denis Pesavento gave $100.00.
Tom and Murray. Good luck, have fun and enjoy the adventure.
9 hours ago
Denis, thanks for the donation. Really appreciated. You are right, it will be an adventure and a great way for us to raise money for the cancer council.
1 day ago
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Adrian Hare gave $100.00.
I've got an old back brace you can borrow; make sure you take cans and a John Wayne bandana for the bumps and dust; will be looking to follow you on social media.
9 hours ago
Hey Adrian. Social media will be coming. We really appreciate your generous donation. Murray and I have been blown away by the generosity in our effort to raise money for the cancer council.
1 day ago
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Simon Barratt gave $50.00.
All the best guys...great cause!
9 hours ago
Hey Simon. Murray and I are appreciative of your support. It truly is a great cause and something we are both passionate about. 5 days in our little car should be fun.
1 day ago
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Bernie Ferrie gave $100.00.
Well done boys!! Good Luck Lost many good people to cancer.
5 hours ago
Hey Bernie - thanks for supporting the Cancer Council and thanks for supporting us. The big C can certainly be and indiscriminate bastard! Both of us having been in the hands of dedicated and caring cancer treatment professionals and volunteers felt that we needed to give something back to the people that helped us and our families. This Rally was the ideal method (and it didn't hurt that it looks like a bucket load of fun as well).
1 day ago
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Trent Roodenrys gave $100.00.
Legends the both of You
18 hours ago
Ripper Trent - thanks for your support mate. Your donation to the Cancer Council is very much appreciated. Of course you being a mechanic and living close by means we expect some practical support as well. We can supply refreshments while you install a new timing. Apparently they should be changed every 150,000km, and the chariot has just ticked over 154K - might be wise for us to install a new timing belt before this arduous challenge.
18 hours ago
Ripper Trent - thanks for your support mate. Your donation to the Cancer Council is very much appreciated. Of course you being a mechanic and living close by means we expect some practical support as well. We can supply refreshments while you install a new timing belt. Apparently they should be changed every 150,000km, and the chariot has just ticked over 154K - might be wise for us to install a new timing belt before this arduous challenge.
18 hours ago
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Leigh Johnson gave $100.00.
Awesome idea. I’m sure this trip will be an a great experience and be the source of some great stories in the future, as well as raising cash for a fantastic cause.
18 hours ago
Thank-you Leigh. Great to have you supporting us and the Cancer Council. You can expect to hear a lot of stories about our preparation and participation in the rally. Hopefully this is just the start of our annual participation in the Shit Box Rally events. By the way, we are looking for some assistance to apply a flame paint job to the chariot.
18 hours ago
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We have taken our little chariot for it's first Roadworthy Certificate check (a registration requirement in the state of Victoria). Nothing too significant to fix. We intend to do everything ourselves to keep costs down - so it will be a good chance for us to become familiar with our vehicle. We knew we were going to need a new set of tyres (there's only so much you can expect when you purchase a car for $200). Looking at videos of previous rally carnage I think we will spend a few extra bucks and purchase tyres with decent side wall strength - we saw quite a few pictures of shredded tyres in those videos.   

18 hours ago
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Check out the number plate we have for our vehicle

5HITBX

....as in Shit Box Rally

15 hours ago
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Neil Radley gave $100.00.
Good luck guys!
8 hours ago
Neil, Thanks for your generous donation. Don’t know if you had a chance to look at the video but we are going to have to raise the bar with fancy dress which will hopefully get some laughs. I am sure you would have some good ideas,
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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.