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Mystery Box Is Back For A Second Year Of Adventure

August 14, 2014 Charity No Comments Email Email

This month, 50 teams of fundraisers will embark on an adventure of a lifetime, crossing mysterious landscapes armed with gaffer tape, cable ties and a whole lot of courage.

Now in its second year, Mystery Box will take a convoy of participants on a five-day unforgettable boutique rally all in the name of a good cause, starting Saturday 23rd August 2014.

A light hearted approach to a serious cause, Mystery Box, the mad baby brother of Shitbox Rally, is completely unique with teams approaching the starting point in Brisbane with nothing but their personal essentials. It’s a leap of faith as teams journey together out of their comfort zones to destinations unknown along some of Australia’s most deserted and scenic roads. The round trip offers a different challenge to Shitbox Rally – fewer teams, shorter in distance and less days travelling but no less daring as teams begin the rally without a car or any idea of where they are headed.

Manheim, Australia’s leading car auction company, source 50 cars that teams will bid on at private auction the night prior to departure. It’s the first mystery to the journey as cars are unveiled one at a time without teams ever seeing or driving them beforehand. Teams have spent months fundraising for the chance to be a part of the challenge with a $3,000 minimum charity donation needed to get involved. The more they’ve raised, the higher the chance they can acquire their dream mystery box at auction for their voyage, with all funds raised going towards vital Cancer Council research initiatives.

Teams will receive the day’s route the morning they embark, camping overnight in often remote locations and hidden gems. Filled with laughter, joy and newfound friendships, teams will explore dusty tracks, expansive fields and small outback towns as the reward for their dedicated fundraising efforts. In the final weeks before Mystery Box hits the road, expectations are high with over $137,000 already raised towards the $200,000 target.

James Freeman, Founder and Director of Mystery Box and Shitbox says, “Given one in two people will get cancer before the age of 85, it is unfortunately a disease that has affected most Australians in some way. 

“Losing both my parents to cancer was the catalyst for me wanting to get actively involved in the fight for a cure. Mystery Box is a different way of brining together the community to combat the cause, raise awareness and support Cancer Council Australia in an adventurous and memorable way

Breakthroughs in cancer research are made possible by the generosity of local communities. Combined advances in cancer prevention, research and treatment are working. Currently, survival rates from four of the most common cancers – Prostate, Melanoma, Breast and Thyroid – are now near 90% or higher.

Associate Professor Freddy Sitas, Director of Cancer Research Cancer Council NSW said, “The introduction of cancer screening, improved treatment and education has all contributed to saving many lives from cancer. Investing more into research and translating good research into effective practice will save even more Australians in the future.

“Our efforts rely on community support, which provides around 96% of our yearly funds. Mystery Box is not only a fantastic adventure, it also brings us one step closer to making a difference in the fight against cancer.”

To date, Shitbox Rally since its inception in 2010, together with Mystery Box, has raised in total over $4 million for the Cancer Council to go towards cancer research.

With Mystery Box comes a whole new twist on the concept of mystery travel and having fun whilst raising money for a very important cause.

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