Find the answers to all your burning questions about registration, the cars, the teams, sponsorship, fundraising and more. If you have a question that isn’t listed, send us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
What is the process after I register a team?
We accept new teams based on the main drivers original sign up date (place in the queue) so it’s fair to everyone.
First we accept teams & send an acceptance email, that’s when some paperwork needs to be sent to us and the registration fee is paid. When we have both of those, we confirm your team & send you a confirmation email. That’s when you set up your We Give fundraising page, then a Welcome Pack from Cancer Council is posted to both drivers, that’s when you can get started on fundraising.
How soon does $625 team registration fee have to be paid?
On acceptance of your place you have to pay this. We cannot confirm your place without it.
If I can’t go and need to pull out will my team be able to transfer the $625 to the following year as credit?
No. The registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
If I sign up do I have to come up with the $3500 fundraising straight away?
The only thing you need to pay straight away is the $625 registration fee as above. You have until the rally to raise the $3500k minimum.
Do the cars need to be worth $1,000 or less?
No. The cars can be worth any amount you like, but keep in mind you will not know where we are travelling and how brutal the roads will be, so you may want to keep your budget low. They do have to be 25 years old or older at the time of the rally and no AWD, 4WD, buses, vintage or veteran cars are allowed.
What if my car has a major mechanical issue and cannot be repaired?
It will be disposed of at the stopover location. If you want to keep it, you will need to organise with the locals for storage and repatriation.
Can we decorate the cars?
Absolutely-make them as crazy as you like so they really stand out.
What happens to the cars at the end of the rally?
You drive them home. From there it’s up to you. Sell it or hold onto it.
How about insurance?
You will need to make sure they are properly insured at your own cost.
Is car sponsorship allowed in exchange for putting the sponsor’s logo or branding on the car? Also can the company be supplied with the relevant documentation, so that the donation could be recorded for tax purposes?
Yes, car sponsorship is allowed and encouraged. We will be giving all rally participants detailed information about this, but let us give you a quick run-down now.
If you know of a business that would like their branding on your Mystery Box, they can do this by sponsoring your team. Of course, the business can also donate to your team at the same time. When a business/donor makes a donation, they don’t get any promotion or branding in return, but with sponsorship, they do.
So, what does this mean? If the company wants both the branding and tax receipt, they can split their payment. The payment for the sponsorship ($110 inc GST) is paid to Mystery Box Rally and the donation amount goes directly to Cancer Council, with the donation amount being attributed to the team’s fundraising page. Of course the business receives a tax receipt for the donation automatically.
Does the $110 inc GST sponsorship fee go towards our fundraising total?
No. Mystery Box Rally uses the $110 (inc GST) sponsorship fee to help with the costs of running the rally. Anything over $110 inc GST is therefore a donation, is tax deductible and goes towards your team’s total.
Do all of the funds raised go to the Cancer Council?
80% of total funds raised will go to Cancer Council. The remaining 20% goes towards covering the costs of organising and running the rally.
What is the maximum number of people we can have in each car?
2 people. No more, no less.
I’m not a car person – can I still do the rally?
Yes you can. Lots of people on the rally are in the same position, so you don’t need to have any mechanical knowledge at all. There will be people in your buddy group that you travel with that do. We also have dedicated mechanical support crews that travel with us. By the end of the rally you’ll certainly know more than you did when you started.
Other rallies require teams to fork out more money for fundraising along the way in the form of fines etc. Is that likely or expected of teams in the Mystery Box Rally?
We do not do this. All of the teams work hard enough raising the money before we get going. One of our main principles of the rally is that it is not expensive for the participants
Can I bring my dog on the rally?
We visit many places on the rally where dogs are not allowed and with so many cars there are also safety concerns, therefore we need to prohibit dogs on the rally. If you turn up with a dog you will be unable to come along on the rally. Note: the Rally Director is a dog owner and knows how hard it is to leave your dog behind, but it is a necessity.
Are we able to generate our own media attention?
Yes of course. The rally creates a lot of media attention, but we welcome all the help we can get. Your social media networks are also very important to the rally. Confirmed teams will get hints and tips about getting media coverage and how to maximise social media exposure.
Are the teams covered under your or Cancer Council’s Public Liability Insurance?
No. In most personal insurance policies though (such as home contents) there will be a clause about liability insurance, so you may be covered via your own insurance. It’s best to check this out and ensure you are covered.
If we have a business or an individual who provides a cheque donation which we deposit on their behalf, how do they get the tax receipt?
You will receive all the info you need about donations and receipts once your team is confirmed in your Rally Manual. You will also be provided with info in your Welcome Pack from Cancer Council when you have set up your We Give fundraising page.
I have a friend who is an avid out back traveller and wants to do the trip with us but in his own 4×4. As the roads are all public I am sure he can even if he does his own thing in the evenings. Can he join us?
No. No way. Everyone that is on the rally has worked hard to raise funds for the Cancer Council. People can’t just turn up on the day of departure and expect to be a part of it. We take a very strong position on this.