F&P Editor Lise Taylor chatted with Box Rallies’ Founder James Freeman, whose rallies have raised over $12 million for cancer research since the event’s inception.


The first Shitbox Rally was held in 2010 and it has been run annually ever since. The catalyst? The loss of founder James Freeman’s parents to cancer within 12 months of each other.

“I wanted to do something significant to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. I also wanted to explore and discover more of Australia. The rally shows people what the rest of Australia has to offer, particularly in the Outback, and it’s just glorious,” he says of his event, which is the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally.

In fact, Box Rallies’ fundraising total currently sits at $12,053,603 and each year’s rally raises more than the previous year’s. In addition to Shitbox Rally, in which participating teams can only drive cars worth $1,000 or less, a Mystery Box Rally (a surprise route is driven…

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