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Rally drivers love a mystery

Wednesday, 16th October, 2013

The Box Rallies convoy streams into the city from Tibooburra on their way to Wentworth yesterday. PICTURES: Darrin Manuel The Box Rallies convoy streams into the city from Tibooburra on their way to Wentworth yesterday. PICTURES: Darrin Manuel

By By Emily Roberts

James Freeman founded the Box Rallies after both his parents passed away from cancer and, to date, they have raised more than $3 million.

Sh*tbox Rally, the ‘big brother’ of Mystery Box, is the largest private fundraiser for the Cancer Council in Australia.

“We developed Mystery Box rally because so many people wanted to join the Sh*tbox Rally,” James said.

“We were turning people away. This is the first Mystery Box rally we have done and so far it has been great fun.

“It is a little bit more ‘boutiquey’.”

Mystery Box is a new challenge. Participants have no idea where they are going and find out the day’s destination each morning.

The biggest mystery, however, was the vehicle as teams had to bid on their vehicle with the money they raised at a private auction hosted by Manheim Auctions in Melbourne last Friday night.

James said the fundraising goal was $150,000. To date Mystery Box has raised over $210,000 for the Cancer Council.

“A lot of the people involved have been affected by cancer. It is something that touches everyone,” he said.

“It is very, very personal to people. To join the rally they do a lot of fundraising beforehand, so this is their reward.

“Everyone is having a blast. We have been fortunate with the weather.”

The rally filled the pubs at White Cliffs and Tibooburra where they held fancy dress parties for everyone, including the locals.

The drivers also dressed up - some came as Cookie Monsters, some as bears and others Mexicans.

(For more information or to donate visit mystery-box.com.au or www.facebook.com/mysteryboxrally).

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