CLOCKING UP THE KILOMETRES: Tanya Barker and Emmeline Francis will drive their car from Alice Springs to the Gold Coast as part of Shitbox Rally 2020 to help raise money for cancer.
CLOCKING UP THE KILOMETRES: Tanya Barker and Emmeline Francis will drive their car from Alice Springs to the Gold Coast as part of Shitbox Rally 2020 to help raise money for cancer. Contributed

Mother and daughter prepare to travel kilometres for cancer

IT'S an indiscriminate disease that can hit at any time with devastating effects, which is why mother and daughter duo Tanya Barker and Emmeline Francis want to do their part to help combat cancer.

The two women will be taking part next year's Shitbox Rally from May 23-29, and will be driving from Alice Springs to the Gold Coast via the Gulf of Carpentaria to raise funds for the Cancer Council.

All cars must not be worth more than $1000, must be two wheel drives and the entrants have to raise $5000 before they can take part.

"Both of my parents have had cancer, my father-in-law has had cancer, I have had friends who have had cancer and so has my boss,” Ms Barker said.

"It is a cruel disease that is indiscriminate and can hit at any time.

"As with other diseases, I believe that research will prevail and in time cancer will be a thing of the past.”

Both Tanya and her daughter participated in the rally and since July last year they have raised $7000 for the Cancer Council.

"To be able to work together in a team to help contribute to the Cancer Council with my daughter is amazing,” she said.

"Not only did we have fun and meet great people, we grew closer and it's nice to be able to contribute back to society.”

The team is 'Almost A Corolla' and they will fundraising around town in the next few months including a movie screening in January, a Christmas raffle and Woolworths barbecue.

"The last night of the rally will at Taroom so we will be coming through Chinchilla on the last day and we are really hoping that a few local community members can come out and support us.”

To donate head to the Shitbox Rally website and search for their team name.


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