We are John and Megan Potter – a proud father and daughter team – taking on the challenge the 2020 Shit Box Rally. We will drive our less than $1,000 1995 Ford Fairmount Wagon 3,700km across the Australian outback from Mackay to Darwin in October.
The objective is to raise much needed funds for Cancer Council for research and patient support services across Australia. As a team we are required to raise significant amount of money to aid this cause, and we seek support from friends, family, sponsors and the community in enabling us to hit our fundraising target.
Cancer impacts all Australian families, and we both have very strong motivations to be taking on this challenge together.
John is a devoted classic car enthusiast and during 2019 completed major cancer treatment including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and serious surgery. John experienced first-hand the vital cancer care and support services that are provided by the many different cancer organisations who assisted him through his journey. In raising funds and challenging himself in the Shit Box Rally, he hopes that the money raised will support others as they go through cancer treatment and recovery.
Megan has spent her career working for health and cancer charities both in Australia and abroad. Cancer took on a new and very real dimension in 2019 when her father John was diagnosed. She had experienced cancer through the eyes of others and now understands the life-saving health care and the support services that are so critical for the patient and their loved ones.
Donations and sponsorship of any amount will be gratefully received – John and Megan thank you for your support as we take on this challenge together!
Shitbox Rally is the adventure of a lifetime challenging participants and their cars, worth no more than $1,000, 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.
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.
Almost $24 million has been raised by Box Rallies to date, supporting ground-breaking projects such as:
These projects wouldn’t be possible without your support.