Community & Business

2 May, 2024

Golden Girls hit the road

A “Shitbox” car worth no more than $1500, a washed-out trek across Australia and only a few weeks to complete it, Julatten’s “Golden Girls” will be taking on the Cancer Council’s Spring Shitbox Rally.

By Ellie Fink

Julatten local Dianne Seng is raising money ahead of the Spring Shitbox Rally.
Julatten local Dianne Seng is raising money ahead of the Spring Shitbox Rally.

Julatten local Dianne Seng, along with her friend Kathryn Holland, who lives in Western Australia, will be travelling from Bendigo through central New South Wales and Queensland to Townsville in October, all to raise funds for the Cancer Council. 

The dynamic duo has not seen each other in 20 years, and decided this year they would reunite for the wildest adventure of their lives. 

The event holds a close place in Dianne’s heart, as her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“(Kathryn’s) mum passed away from cancer and my mum had breast cancer in 1995 and then passed away from a brain tumour in 2008,” she said. 

“It was pretty hard for us, so this is a way for us to reconnect as friends that haven’t seen each other in a long time and to honour our mothers.”

While Kathryn works on fundraising in Perth, Dianne has taken to the Julatten Hotel with hundred boards to help raise at least $5000 for the cause. 

She will also be at local markets selling skull decor, with all funds going directly to cancer research. 

Dianne is also looking for the perfect Shitbox to take across the country, with a strict criteria to follow in order to enter. 

“Basically, so long as it is not a four wheel drive or all wheel drive and under $1500, it can be entered,” she said. 

“During the rally that started in Port Douglas, there was an old van that someone had painted pink and unfortunately it didn’t even make it up this range (the Rex Range)!”

“It also needs to have enough room to pack all our stuff in it, and room to help any team mates who break down along the way.”

The Julatten and Mount Molloy community have already rallied behind the duo, with the Julatten Hotel, Julatten Barramundi Gardens and Amazing Faces face painting  chipping in to support their cause. 

If you have a Shitbox that you would like to sell under $1500, contact Dianne through the “Golden Girls” Facebook page at

To donate, visit 


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