Departing from Adelaide this weekend is Mystery Box Rally, the largest, and craziest, independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council. On September 24th, 150 fundraising teams will be setting off for a completely unique adventure across Australia, with nothing but their personal belongings, no car and no idea of their destination.
This truly unique experience sees teams of two travelling to unknown deserted and scenic locations across Australia over a five day period. The rally itself takes care of providing the cars so that participants can focus on fundraising for much needed cancer research and treatment. Founder, James Freeman, who is also the genius behind Shitbox Rally, explains “With no need to source their own cars, anyone can join the rally and focus on what’s really important – fundraising whilst having fun.”
The whole rally is built on the participants’ daring sense of adventure, with teams having no prior knowledge of what vehicles they’ll be driving or what is under the bonnet. To qualify for the rally, teams of two need to raise a minimum of $3,000, with all proceeds going to the Cancer Council. At a private auction the night before the rally kicks off, teams bid on their ‘mystery box’ vehicles based on their fundraising amounts, which are provided by Manheim Auctions Australia. For even more mystery to keep the whole event a truly unique experience, daily destinations are revealed just before the group sets off each morning. So who knows where they’ll end up?
“Mystery Box Rally is a rewarding experience for like-minded individuals to come together in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, all in the name of raising much needed funds and awareness for cancer research initiatives. This year marks the 5th adventure of Mystery Box Rally and each route brings a different view to discovering Australia with some exciting drives ahead” says Freeman. So far, this inspiring independent fundraiser has raised a total of $1.175 million for vital Cancer Council research and treatments.
To follow the upcoming Mystery Box Rally, which kicks off on September 24th, or to get inspired for next year's rally, check out their website here.
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