"I'M NOT GOING TO LET IT BEAT ME!"
- Dad would have wanted us to go for it, so we are!
2020 turned everyone's life upside down. For our family, it was the year we lost our Dad, John Potter - a classic car enthusiast; devoted teacher; mentor; community contributor and above all, a loving and kind father, grandfather, husband.
Dad and I were set to do the Shit Box Rally together in October 2020 but we lost him to cancer on 21st August 2020. So in Dad's honour, my husband Pieter and I are taking on the challenge this year. We will drive Dad's $650 1995 Ford Fairmount Wagon the 3,700km's from Mackay to Darwin across the Australian outback.
In 2019, Dad battled major cancer treatment including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and serious surgery. "I'm not going to let it beat me!" was Dad's catch cry. And with determination and grace, he did beat cancer. But after only a few months free of cancer and the rigors of treatment, the cancer came back, and this time it took him.
Dad's wish was to do the Shit Box Rally challenge and raise funds for Cancer Council. For our place in the Rally, Pieter and I are required to raise a minimum of $5,000, so we seek support from friends, family, sponsors and the community to hit this target.
We are very grateful for your donations and sponsorship of any amount. Donations go directly to Cancer Council's research, prevention and support programs. We thank you for your support as we take on this challenge, in memory of our dear Dad, John.
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.
Over $26 million has been raised by Box Rallies to date, supporting ground-breaking projects such as:
These projects wouldn’t be possible without your support.