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Pair selected to rally for cancer

Richard Kidd and Richard Smythe will race in the Cancer Council's 2013 rally from Adelaide to Fremantle.

MONIQUE FREER February 20, 2013 4:22am

Following the success of the 2012 Shitbox rally (above), Richard Kidd and Richard Smythe have been selected to join the 2013 drive from Adelaide to Fremantle.


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Benalla local Richard Kidd and friend Richard Smythe have been selected to race in the Cancer Council’s 2013 rally to raise money for cancer research.

The annual event sees teams of two drive from Adelaide to Fremantle via Uluru, travelling through iconic opal town Coober Pedy and the goldfields around Kalgoorlie along the way.

The catch, however, is that the car must be purchased for less than $1000, including roadworthy and registration.

A driving enthusiast, Smythe signed the pair up for the rally last year, using jokes about Kidd’s ‘‘circus clown’’ abilities to try to ensure they secured a spot.

Despite his enthusiasm and exaggeration, they missed out on a spot in the initial selection process in May 2012, and it was not until last Monday that Smythe received a call to inform him they were one of the 200 teams in the rally.

‘‘Normally you’ve got 12 months to raise all the money that you need, but we’ve got just over two-and-a-half months to do it — so we’re behind the eight-ball so to speak,’’ he said.

Each team is required to raise $4000 in order to join the rally, from which they are given $1000 for the car and fuel. Once the rally reaches Fremantle, the cars will be auctioned and all proceeds will go back to the Cancer Council, raising vital funds for cancer research.

‘‘We’re on a very tight time-frame now to do all our fundraising and be ready to leave on May 4 from Adelaide,’’ Smythe said.

While Kidd was ‘‘dobbed in’’ to the race by his friend, Smythe has always been passionate about driving. In November he drove from Melbourne to Port Douglas to see the solar eclipse, a trip he dubbed ‘‘Australia’s Longest Pub Crawl’’.

Smythe is also a long-time supporter of Angel Care, and does the earth trip leg — transporting patients from the point of landing to the hospital and back — of Angel Flights regularly.

But in 2010, just two days before Christmas, a nine-year old girl whom he had developed a close relationship with passed away from a brain tumour. The news came as a shock to Smythe, who believed she had been in, or close to, remission.

‘‘It actually put me out of Angel Flight for quite a while, I just didn’t want to go back into the heartache,’’ Smythe said.

‘‘But then I realised, what’s the point of pulling back when you should be getting in deeper and helping out more people.’’

Smythe and Kidd’s team is named ‘Two Dicks Outback’, and is ‘‘a play on our names, not our geographically displaced personalities’’.

The team is moving quickly to raise the money, having organised a series of sausage sizzles at Benalla Woolworths beginning on Saturday, March 30. They are also working on purchasing their car and gaining corporate sponsorship for its exterior.

The rally is now in its fourth year and is the biggest fundraiser for the Cancer Council. It has already raised $1.7million, and hopes to hit the $3million mark this year.

For further information visit the official website www.shitboxrally.com.au or to donate to ‘Two Dicks Outback’ visit http://fundraise.shitboxrally.com.au/twodicksoutback

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