10th S***box Rally for Cancer Council starts at Optus Stadium

 Kensington resident David McMullen and South Perth resident Ian Dober are doing their first rally together as good mates for team Dust Ninjas. Picture: Nadia Budihardjo
10th S***box Rally for Cancer Council starts at Optus Stadium
Kensington resident David McMullen and South Perth resident Ian Dober are doing their first rally together as good mates for team Dust Ninjas. Picture: Nadia Budihardjo

SOUTHERN suburbs teams are hoping they can make the trip to Sydney via Uluru for Cancer Council’s S***box Rally from the Burswood starting line.

250 teams started their 5150 km trip to Sydney in vehicles worth less than $1000 for the 10th Sh**box Rally at Optus Stadium on Wednesday.

This year’s fundraising target for the Cancer Council was achieved weeks before the rally’s starting date, with more than $2.3 million raised.

South Perth resident Michael Milligan said this was his fifth time taking part in the rally and the third time for his dad Wayne, who lives in Queensland.

“It’s quite personal, Dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012,” he said.

“We did it last year and again this year, because it started from Perth, it was a no-brainer.”

South Perth resident Michael Milligan taking part in his fifth S***box Rally in Team Milligan with dad Wayne, who lives in Queensland. Picture: Nadia Budihardjo

Queenslander Wayne Milligan said after all the times he took part in the rally, for him it was about spending time together with his son.

“The rally isn’t about getting to Sydney, it’s about what happens between now and Sydney,” he said.

Kensington resident David McMullen and South Perth resident Ian Dober are doing their first rally together as good mates for team Dust Ninjas.

“We spoke to a few others who have done it before and got tips out of them,” Mr Dober said.“I had a brother in law died of cancer 12 years ago, I think it touches everybody’s hearts.”

Mr McMullen said he was motivated to join the rally as family members have been heavily affected by cancer including his wife and brother.

“This is our first year in the rally, we didn’t know what to expect and we set a goal of $5000 but we’ve probably ended up with $15,000,” he said.

After a decade of rallies, $18 million has been raised for the Cancer Council.

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