A rally for cancer

FUNDRAISING: Margie Simpson and Leanne Beyer from Jamestown are the Friday Fillies and along with their car Marlea, they will be participating in the Shitbox Rally in October.
FUNDRAISING: Margie Simpson and Leanne Beyer from Jamestown are the Friday Fillies and along with their car Marlea, they will be participating in the Shitbox Rally in October.

Two best friends from Jamestown are taking a stance for cancer by participating in the Shitbox Rally, travelling from Melbourne to Townsville in their VT Holden Commodore in October. 

With fundraising efforts already starting, the Friday Fillies made of Leanne Beyer and Margie Simpson are hoping to raise as much money as possible, to help make a difference to cancer research. 

Both ladies have been affected by the disease and decided that they wanted to do something which took them out of their comfort zone, the same feeling that someone receiving treatment for cancer would feel. 

"So many of us are affected by cancer, whether that be our own journey or relatives and friends. It is just such a devastating thing and this is just something we feel that we can do to helping someone else and taking us out of our comfort zone, because that is what people are when they're getting treatment," Margie explained. 

Their shitbox Marlea, dressed in pink and blue paint is definitely not perfect but both ladies are determined that she will make the 2,600 kilometre drive alongside 250 other 'crap' cars. 

Margie explained that entries must be worth less than $1,000 and be classified as something you would not be comfortable to drive in. 

"If on the rally, they decide your car looks too good, they have a pole and you have to dance on the pole. We are trying really hard to make it look as bad as it can," she said. 

The team have witnessed the great generosity that Jamestown is known for, with them already achieving the first $5,000 needed to participate in the rally. 

Leanne explains that they have been overwhelmed with how giving people have been. 

"We have outreached outside of town to some of the people that we know outside and even their generosity has been absolutely fantastic. We can't say thank you enough for each and every one of them.

"We have been absolutely gobsmacked by the generosity."

If you would like to donate to Leanne and Margie, you can do so by going onto the Shitbox website and searching for Friday Fillies. The ladies take off on October 19 for seven days.