Sparra & Crooksey take on Shitbox Rally

Dave ‘Sparra Adams and Dave ‘Crooksey’ Crooks are ready for the Shitbox Rally.

DAVE Adams (Sparra), Adelong,  and Dave Crooks (Crooksey), Gundagai,  are set for the adventure of a lifetime when they join a convoy of teams in the Shitbox Rally, Australia’s largest independently-run fundraiser for Cancer Council. They left today, Friday.

Shitbox Rally is a challenge to drive cars worth $1500 or less across Australia via some of its toughest roads to raise money for Cancer research. 

This remarkable event has raised more than $46 million since the first rally in 2010.

To participate, each team must raise a minimum of $5,000 with a target of $2 million for the rally.

Sparra and Crooksey had been hoping to raise $10,000 and currently sit at around $10,100 with the total rally total currently at $2.1 million.

• Team: Thirst Aiders

• Member : Dave Adams, Cattle & Sheep Producer, David Crooks, Elders Sales Manager

• Hometown: Adelong & Gundagai

• In memory of Crooksey’s Dad and all the friends, relatives we know that have experienced it.

“On this rally, we will be heading north from Melbourne through the green plains of Victoria to the vast Hay plains before travelling to the wonders of the Australian outback via some iconic remote watering holes such as Silverton and Tibooburra, this will be a well-deserved break from the red dust and dirt,” Crooksey said. 

“We then begin the process of hooking into the Simpson Dessert which will include calling into both Betoota and Birdsville on the one day. 

“We then head North to one of Australia’s most remote outback stations which leads us to the last day traversing the bull dust holes on the Plenty Highway making our way into Alice Springs for the finish line.  

“This will most certainly be another epic adventure on some of Australia’s toughest outback roads supporting the local communities as we go.”

Teams not only pull together to help each other through the challenges of the rally itself, but also help and support each other through openness, mateship and camaraderie from people that have gone through similar hardships with their own cancer stories.”  To donate to Sparra & Crooksey’s effort, visit

To follow their adventures, go to: people/Thirst-Aiders-2024-Winter-Team/61558553831033/

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