Carina Biotech Managing Director Justin Coombs and the team were out at Mitre 10 in Glynde, SA, yesterday, for the first of many fundraising events as we attempt to raise $15,000 for the Cancer Council Australia.

Carina Biotech will be taking part in the Shitbox Rally in October, a journey from Melbourne to Townsville via Birdsville in a car worth $1000 or less. Our car (‘CAR-T’) was purchased just this weekend for under this price – we’ll be making the trip in a Hyundai Accent.

The rally, now in its 10th year, is a challenge to drive dodgy cars across Australia via some of the country’s toughest roads to raise money for cancer research. This incredible event has raised $18 million since the first rally in 2010. To participate, each team must raise a minimum of $5000. We want to raise $15,000.

We are participating in the rally to raise much-needed funds for Cancer Council but also to generate more awareness of the potential for CAR-T therapy to become a revolutionary new treatment option for people living with many forms of cancer. Our next fundraiser will be another sausage sizzle on Saturday, 27 April, this time at Coles in Glenelg.

While we’re raising money and driving on terrible roads around Australia, our scientists are developing world-first broad-spectrum CAR-T therapies for the treatment of a range of cancers including solid cancers, rare and/or paediatric cancers.

To donate to Carina’s participation in the Shitbox Rally, click here.