Bride in for wild ride after wedding
SOON-to-be married couple Matthew Hardgrave and Koryn Turnbull will be going on a honeymoon of a different kind.
The pair is taking part in the annual Shitbox Rally on May 7, a few weeks after their wedding, where they will travel a perilous outback journey from Mackay to Hobart all in the name of a good cause.
"It wasn't initially part of the wedding," Mr Hardgrave said
"It was something we wanted to do as a bit of an adventure, to raise money for Cancer and have fun doing it."
"About four years ago we put the nomination in. It is a long waiting list. Last year we got the confirmation that we had been accepted into this year's rally."
As part of the event, Mr Hardgrave and Ms Turnbull had to find a car worth less than $1000 to drive the long journey in.
"We bought a 1958 Hillman Minx. We wanted something different. We didn't want to drive around in a Falcon or a Camry so we went a bit out there," Mr Hardgrave said.
"We picked it up for $300 at Ipswich. I wouldn't say it drives well but it drives. That's a bonus."
The couple will be joined by 400 other participants as they traverse through dusty roads and mountain passes under their team name "Honeymooners".
As part of the event they will also have to take part in dress up days, one which includes Mr Hardgrave wearing a wedding dress.
They hope to raise more than $5000 for cancer research on their epic journey.
"The trip will take about seven days," Ms Turnbull said.
"We will do about 600km a day and camp in between."
Shitbox Rally was founded in 2009 by James Freeman after both of his parents died from cancer within a year of each other.
The event has raised more than $6.1 million dollars for cancer research, making it the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council.
To qualify for the rally, supporters must raise a minimum of $4000.
To donate to Mr Hardgrave and Ms Turnbull's team Honeymooners, visit www.shitboxrally.com.au and search under the Teams tab.