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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

“THE LOST ONES” takes on Shitbox Rally - Autumn 2023

Newcastle, NSW to Townsville, QLD via Betoota in 7 days,

Mike Bromfield and David Walkley are set for the adventure of a lifetime when they join a convoy of teams in Shitbox Rally, Australia’s largest independently-run fundraiser for Cancer Council.

Shitbox Rally is not a race, it’s a challenge to drive cars worth $1,500 or less across Australia via some of its toughest roads to raise money for Cancer research. This remarkable event has raised more than $37 million since the first rally in 2010.

To participate, each team must raise a minimum of $5,000.

Team: “The Lost Ones”

 Mike Bromfield, Retiree from Tuross Head

 David Walkley, Retiree from Rylstone NSW

 “Our entry is dedicated to Pennie Zwar and Mark Dunkerton, two wonderful people who we lost too early in their lives. We hope ongoing research will help our friends who are presently facing the threat of cancer, and those close to them that feel so helpless. We will be driving Dave's Australian built 27 year old Toyota Corolla (a ridiculously unsuitable “shitbox”) along remote outback roads. We will (hopefully!) do approximately 3,500kms in 7 days”, says Mike Bromfierld.

Box Rallies (Shitbox Rally, Mystery Box Rally and Cancer Cruise) Founder James Freeman who lost both of his parents to cancer within 12 months of each other, said; “Shitbox Rally is not a race, but a reward for fundraising efforts. This is a chance to explore Australia, drawing teams from around the country to help achieve the extraordinary. 

After 13 years of rallying, we are still bringing out some firsts for this route.  It's the first time we are starting from Newcastle and the first time we will have Betoota as an official stopover.  As always, The Outback delivers with a truly spectacular route in place, incredible scenery and hospitality.  As with every rally I am always excited to show our participants the wonders of the places we travel through and to. The incredible experiences along the way and the challenges associated with driving a $1,500 car on these remote

Outback tracks. 


Teams not only pull together to help each other through the challenges of the rally itself, but also help and support each other through openness, mateship and camaraderie from people that have gone through similar hardships with their own cancer stories. Bring on Autumn 2023!”

To donate to “The Lost Ones”, please visit Donate to Shitbox Rally/The Lost Ones .

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