Over the last seven years, Mystery Box and Shitbox Rally have raised over $10 million for Cancer Council.
The funds raised go towards cancer research, but how do they get there?
What is the process? How do passion, determination and hard work become funding for cancer research?
Read on to discover how Shitbox & Mystery Box Rally teams are directly funding improvements in diagnosis,
treatment and support for cancer patients.
Step 1 – Survive the Rally
After every dusty rally and each exhausted driver has made it back to civilisation it’s time to reflect on what’s been achieved. Rally crews are also fundraisers and their hard-earned money is banked with Cancer Council.
Step 2 – Deliver
Box Rallies raises well over $1million each year. This money goes towards ground breaking research for improved diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Step 3 – Review
Cancer Council invites leading research teams from all over Australia to make funding applications for cancer research. These applications are peer reviewed and scored according to their scientific merit. They are then assessed by a trained community panel to review their value to patients, carers and the wider community. Only then are projects recommended for funding.
Step 4 – Allocate
Cancer Council aims to conduct and fund world-class research that reduces the impact of cancer. These projects are across the entire cancer journey – investigating the causes of cancer, how best to prevent, detect and treat cancer, and how to support people as they adjust to life after a cancer diagnosis. This will reduce the impact of cancer for people now, and for future generations.
Prof. Finlay Macrae
Researchers have created a new starch that protects against colorectal cancer in animals, now testing in humans.
Dr Gillian Mitchell
genetic changes that
lead to high risk of
This research may help make sure that those at high risk of getting cancer due to their genetics are given the best advice possible.
Professor Jacqui Matthews
New treatments for
breast cancer by
testing if a protein
can be used as a
Insights from this study could slow the growth of some breast cancers and give patients a head-start on treatment.
Eventually it could permanently stop growth of the most fatal form of breast cancer.
A/Professor Gail Garvey
work better for
Dr Lorraine O'Reilly
A new model for
A/Prof Janette Vardy
Giving cancer survivors a
tool that helps them
recover mentally and
have less anxiety, fatigue
Dr Kerrie McDonald
Investigating why a new brain cancer drug works in some patients but not others.This project will be completed in December 2015.
Information from this study will help Aboriginal cancer patients get diagnosis and care more quickly and effectively.
Insights will assist health professionals in their treatment of Aboriginal cancer patients and their families and communities.
Prof Andrew Grulich
anal cancer screening
will reduce illness
and death cost-effectively
Dr Megan Chircop
A promising research project that is creating cutting-edge new treatments for brain cancers.
This study could result in people with brain cancer getting treatment that will shrink their tumour.
This new treatment, if successful, could make the cancer journey a lot easier for brain cancer patients.
Professor Michael Henderson
This trial will investigate
the safety of removing
less skin around melanomas
than is currently practiced.
Prof. Jacob George
A better understanding of hepatitis B links to liver cancer through GP networks in high risk communities.
By supporting high risk communities to access hepatitis B screening and treatment, researchers hope to develop more effective ways that these groups can lower their risk of liver cancer.
Findings from this study will help us better understand how to lower the incidence of liver cancer in communities that have high rates of hepatitis B.
This could save many lives as 90% of liver cancer patients die from the disease.