VARIETY BASH TO ROLL INTO TOWN ON GREAT GIVING JOURNEY!
The 29th annual Variety Bash Queensland kicked off on the 22nd
of August in Gladstone, with over 100 crazily themed cars and more than 300 colourfully costumed crew taking part in the ten-day, 3360-kilometre journey finishing up on August 31 in Townsville – all to raise funds to give more Aussie kids a fair go!
Variety – the Children͛s Charity is a not-for-profit organisation that empowers Aussie kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to reach their full potential. Variety helps kids in need to overcome whatever obstacles they face through grants of equipment, programs and experiences.
Throughout the Variety Bash, these wacky road trippers will visit local towns, stopping into schools and organisations to put smiles on kids faces. Participants get to see the direct impact of their fundraising efforts, with over $200,000 in educational, communication, health and mobility equipment presented to local kids, schools and organisations en route.
Local business owner Ron English has been participating in the fundraiser since 2013 when a close friend lost his daughter to cancer, at the age of 9. While undergoing treatment she saw the colourful and wacky cars on TV and asked her Dad to participate. The following year Scott kept his promise to his daughter and built a pink Fairlane covered in butterflies and the four men jumped in wearing matching pink tutus for 10 days.
Ron says, ‘It is really good when you’re presenting things to families that have children with disabilities and getting to see the sheer gratification on their faces is amazing’.
Over the 10-day adventure the Variety Bash will stop overnight along the route visiting 9
schools and injecting circa $120,000 per town. The event is all about having fun in support of Aussie kids. There are always festivities along the way, from theme nights to entertainment, awards and other activities and games on their itinerary.
The iconic Variety Bash is Australia’s largest and longest running charity motoring event, taking place annually in every state and territory, travelling every corner of our beautiful country. Since the inaugural event, originated by Dick Smith, the Variety Bash has raised over $230million right around the country to give more Aussie kids a fair go.
This year͛s Hot Wheels car number 79 is sponsored by local businesses Café Spinnaker Park, Departure Point, Purcells Engineering, THG Tyres, Central Lane Hotel and Gladstone Regional Council. Blue Dog Training is this years Official Windscreen Sponsor and have been participating in the fundraiser for the past 5 years, donating all of the funds to supporting children who are sick, disadvantaged, or who have special needs.
Ron’s goal is to raise over $10,000 for the charity, to donate or register your interest for 2019, visit: variety.org.au
Variety Bash – Fun Facts
• The Variety Bash started in 1985, when entrepreneur and adventurer Dick Smith took
a group of intrepid motorists from Bourke NSW to Bourketown QLD in old cars, raising $250,000 for charity along the way.
• Variety Bash cars must be a minimum of 30 years old.
• The Variety Bash is not a race, rally or speed trial. The single most significant rule of the
Bash is to relax and enjoy the Australian Outback, the wonderful people and help raise
funds for kids in need!
• Participants from as far south as Victoria, as far north as Cairns and as far west as Broome
• Approximately 25% of Variety Bash participants are women – including seven all-female teams.
• The Variety Bash brings a welcome economic injection of at least $90-120k to each community it visits overnight.
• For 20 of the teams this will be their first ever Variety Bash.
• The Variety Bash will be giving out over $200,000 in grants of equipment and services
to local kids and organisations along the route during the ten-days.