By Alesha Capone
Brendan Andrew and Carmen Green are preparing for an automotive adventure across the outback.
In May, the Werribee couple will take part in the Shitbox Rally’s autumn event, in which they will drive a 1993 Ford Laser more than 4000 kilometres to raise funds for the Cancer Council, starting in Alice Springs.
Every year, hundreds of drivers join the Shitbox Rally, in which participants drive cars worth $1000 or less.
Rally teams must also raise at least $5000.
“People think we’re mad, but I think you have got to have a bit of madness to do what we’re doing,” Mr Andrew said.
Mr Andrew and Ms Green have been busy fundraising since before Christmas, and are also seeking sponsors and donations.
For every $20 donation, they will give donors a sticker on which to write the name of a loved one who has experienced cancer. All the stickers will be affixed to the Ford before the rally.
Ms Green, a breast cancer survivor herself, has written the name of her uncle Joe – who died after being diagnosed with leukemia – upon a sticker.
Another sticker bears the name of Mr Andrews’ father Daryl, who died after suffering blood cancer.
The couple said their friend Tania, a Disney fan, had donated the Ford they will drive for the rally.
The car is decorated with images the Frozen character Olaf and Mr Andrew has also installed orange lights on the vehicle “for fun”.
Mr Andrew and Ms Green have also adopted the slogan “Trugin on for a cure”, as Ms Green is a member of the Truganina Fire Brigade.
See autumn2020.shitboxrally.com.au/trugin-on-for-a-cure or www.facebook.com/truginonforacureshitbox2020/ for details.