JFK’s daughter Caroline Kennedy dons tongs at Bunnings sausage sizzle

Enjoying a sausage at the local Bunnings is an experience synonymous with weekends in Australia.

It was one of the first experiences Caroline Kennedy had when she arrived in Canberra in 2022. It was also the first time she heard someone talk about the ‘Sh*tbox rally’.

An annual Cancer Council fundraiser that attracts approximately 500 participants. Cars worth less than $1500 travel from Adelaide to Perth in April.

It caught the attention of the United States ambassador, and now, two years later, she has bought an old Ford Falcon called ‘Moonshot’ to take part in the 3,000 km rally.

Ahead of her upcoming ride, the daughter of the late US President John F. Kennedy returned to where it all began on Sunday: Bunnings.

US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy helped with a sausage fundraiser at a Bunnings store in Canberra on Sunday

Behind a barbecue in a Canberra shop, Ms Kennedy was joined by the original barbecuers who first introduced her to the fundraising campaign.

“I’m so happy that the people who first told me about Sh*tbox, who I bought my first sausage from two years ago, are here too,” she said.

‘We are very excited. Our car will be called ‘Moonshot’ in honor of President (Joe) Biden’s cancer moonshot (initiative) and President Kennedy’s race to the moon.”

She said she had met “so many inspiring scientists in Australia” working to cure cancer.

“I think now that I’ve met the people I’ve met, I couldn’t be more hopeful (that cancer will be cured),” she said.

Ms Kennedy has built something of a reputation as a revhead since arriving in Australia in 2022, having twice attended the annual Summernats festival.

She has adapted well to the Australian lifestyle during her time here, having also previously attended AFL matches and taken part in an NRL training session with the Brisbane Broncos.

US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy

US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy