Our Impact

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
the funds

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
Research Options

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
the money

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.


Research Funding

Prof. Finlay Macrae

Cancer type: Colorectal

Researchers have created a new starch that protects against colorectal cancer in animals, now testing in humans.

Grant $345,617

Dr Gillian Mitchell

Cancer type: All

Investigating the
genetic changes that
lead to high risk of
getting cancer

Grant $1,959,761


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

Cancer type: Breast

New treatments for
breast cancer by
testing if a protein
can be used as a
drug target.

Grant $357,111


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

Cancer type: All

Making the
health system
work better for
Indigenous patients

Grant $1,934,430

Dr Lorraine O'Reilly

Cancer type: Stomach

A new model for
stomach cancer.

Grant $590,888

A/Prof Janette Vardy

Cancer type: All

Giving cancer survivors a
tool that helps them
recover mentally and
have less anxiety, fatigue
and stress

Grant $195,346

Dr Kerrie McDonald

Cancer type: Brain

Investigating why a new brain cancer drug works in some patients but not others.This project will be completed in December 2015.

Grant $352,266
cancer council


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

Cancer type: Anal

Researching if
anal cancer screening
will reduce illness
and death cost-effectively

Grant $1,982,544

Dr Megan Chircop

Cancer type: Brain

A promising research project that is creating cutting-edge new treatments for brain cancers.

Grant $360,000


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

Cancer type: Melanoma, Skin

This trial will investigate
the safety of removing
less skin around melanomas
than is currently practiced.

Grant $120,000

Prof. Jacob George

Cancer type: Liver

A better understanding of hepatitis B links to liver cancer through GP networks in high risk communities.

Grant $523,538

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.