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AFTER a false start, the two foxy ladies of Mena Creek, Jen and Jess Abbott aka team Kath and Kim have finally hit the highway as part of the Shitbox Autumn Rally to raise funds for Cancer Council Australia.
Over seven-days, mother and daughter, Jen and Jess Abbott and their white beast ‘Shazda the Mazda’ will drive from the Gold Coast to Alice Springs via the Gulf of Carpentaria, clocking up a total of 3,962kms.
The duo were due to head off from Alice Springs on May 22, but missed the start due to mechanical issues with Shazda, so joined the second rally group to do the route in reverse and finally set off on June 5.
The first day saw the intrepid travellers depart from the Gold Coast and drove a whopping 612kms to Taroom.
It was a theme of ‘Tutus and Tiaras’ on day two and after an early start for the pair at Taroom in 3 degrees they made their way to Alpha covering 619kms.
The third day from Alpha to McKinlay was a bit touch and go after Shazda arrived at camp on a trailer, however support crew mechanics managed to find a problem and it was fixed overnight.
The next leg is over 650km to the next camp, with 380km being unsealed so they are hoping the Shazda will see them through another day.
Taking part in the rally and raising vital funds for cancer research has deeper significance as they are flying the flag in honour of their late father and grandfather who passed away from bowel cancer.
Prior to the rally, the girls held a ‘Cardonnay & Canapés’ fundraiser night at Edge Hill Bowls Club on April 24, where guests dressed in the theme as their favourite Kath and Kim stars and enjoyed an afternoon of canapés, chardonnay and lawn bowls.
The event raised just over $1,500 and having already raised $8,308 the foxy ladies of Fountain Gate have well surpassed their target of $7,500 for Cancer Council Australia.
Cancer Council is a significant funder for cancer research in Australia with research studies across all cancers and all stages of the cancer journey.
Community funds raised from events such as Shitbox Rally enables the funding of world-class research that reduces the impact of cancer for everyone.
To date, almost $24 million has been raised by Box Rallies which have supported ground-breaking projects, such as a research study to develop a vaccine that protects against lymphoma cancers, a research trial to standardise international guidelines on melanoma removal, as well as a research grant to revolutionise the treatment of pancreatic cancer.
Every dollar counts and donations can still be made online via https://autumn2021.shitboxrally.com.au/kath-and-kim/donate
Follow the girls’ adventure on Instagram @hornbags_hit_the_highway and Kath & Kim – Shitbox Autumn Rally 2021 Facebook page.
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