Lo­cal to rally for Cancer Coun­cil

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

WHIT­SUN­DAY res­i­dent Leo Ro­driguez and his brother Gerry Ro­driguez are plan­ning to em­bark on an epic seven-day rally chal­lenge from Perth to Dar­win in the 2014 Shit­box Rally on May 31.

The rally is the largest com­mu­nity or­gan­ised fundraiser for the Cancer Coun­cil and has at­tracted more than 250 en­trants this year.

The rally be­gins in Perth, Western Aus­tralia and trav­els over 3700km north to Dar­win along some of Aus­tralia’s most de­serted and chal­leng­ing roads.

Driv­ers will travel through the Pil­bara along the fa­mous for­mer cat­tle route, the Gibb River Road and through the breath­tak­ing Kim­ber­ley on a rally trip of a life-time.

Ro­driguez said the event would be more of a chal­lenge than a race as all cars would be worth no more than $1000.

“As you get older you re­alise just how lucky you are to have your own health and the health of friends and fam­ily around you,” he said.

“Some­times it’s easy to lose per­spec­tive on the im­por­tant things in life. This is sim­ply a chance of do­ing some­thing good for a very de­serv­ing re­cip­i­ent, the Cancer Coun­cil.”

Driv­ers will be ex­posed to three or four days of very dusty, dirt road driv­ing and this year will also have a num­ber of river cross­ings thrown into the mix. Each team must raise a min­i­mum of $4000 be­fore de­part­ing on the sev­en­day jour­ney which runs from May 31 to June 6.

The Ro­driguez broth­ers have raised $800 to date and are hop­ing to smash their tar­get of $5000 be­fore the event.

To make a do­na­tion to their cause, visit https://shit­boxrally2014.ev­ery­day­hero.com/au/eat­ing-dust-for-a-good­cause.

More in­for­ma­tion on the event can be found at www.shit­boxrally.com.au.

RALLY FOR A CAUSE: Leo Ro­driguez and his brother Gerry Ro­driguez will be com­pet­ing in a rally chal­lenge to help raise funds for the Cancer Coun­cil.

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