LR- Jo Millar, Bill Sloman, David Saunders, (who donated the car) Debbie Jarrett. Jo and Debbie
LR- Jo Millar, Bill Sloman, David Saunders, (who donated the car) Debbie Jarrett. Jo and Debbie "Honey Bees" will participate in the Shitbox Rally starting in Perth to raise money for the Cancer Council. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Bangalow pair racing to raise funds for cancer research

ON YOUR marks, get set, go. Bangalow duo Joanne Millar and Debbie Jarrett, also known as Honeybees I, are ready to raise much-needed funds for cancer research.

The girls will hit the road from Perth for Darwin, crossing some of the most rugged terrain in the country during the Shitbox Rally starting May 31. And they couldn't have done it without the Mazda 626 donated by Auto Top Trade in Dawson St.

"We are so grateful for the incredible support of this company and our now yellow and black striped set of wheels," Ms Millar said.

"Hopefully this donated car will take us through dirt, ditches and water crossings as we travel the Gibb River Road."

Ms Millar said Bangalow Sign Company had provided the signage for the car free of charge.

"We have also been supported by Bangalow businesses who have donated valuable raffle items, from collectable wine to diamond rings, to raise funds," Ms Millar said.

"We have been completely overwhelmed by their generosity."

The Shitbox Rally rules dictate all participants must drive a car worth less than $1000. Support crews travel with the 250 teams to help get them across the finishing line.

Ms Millar and Mrs Jarrett, who both have friends and family affected by cancer, have been raising money for the rally, that benefits the Australian Cancer Council, since the beginning of the year.

On Saturday they will host a Girls' Afternoon at the Moller Pavilion in Bangalow. It will include a fashion parade, a silent auction and the drawing of a massive Mothers' Day raffle.

Tickets are $35 at Millar & More, 35 Byron St, Bangalow or by phoning 6687 0400.

To donate to the local team call Jo on 0416 266 536.