Bash heads out west
Variety children’s charity spreading joy in rural centres
MORE than 100 tricked-out cars with 350 people on board came through town spreading fun and cheer as they travelled 4000km – from Caloundra to Airlie Beach via Dirranbandi, Bollon and Longreach – to raise funds for children in need.
Now in its 28th year, the 10-day Variety Bash is designed to help underprivileged, disadvantaged and special needs children throughout Queensland, and Bash chief executive officer Steve Wakerley said the fun was just beginning.
“When we come to rural communities all dressed up with the themed cars, all the kids love it,” he said.
“It brings such joy to their faces and for most of the kids it is something they have never seen before.”
Bash operations manager Craig Marriott said the best part of the event was the school checkpoints.
“The school stops are some of people’s favourite as the kids are so excited to see people come through town,” Mr Marriott said.
The event, which last year raised $1.2 million in Queensland, is set for another record year.
Along the route, participants have already raised more than $1 million, with that figure rising daily.
“Giving grants of equipment and donations to families and organisations along the way means we are actually seeing where our grants will go and how they will help people long after we have gone,” Mr Marriott said.
When we come to rural communities with the themed cars, all the kids love it. — Steve Wakerley
VARIETY BASH: Bash-goers, including Minions Ben and Dan, went through Dirranbandi and Bollon on a 10-day trek from Caloundra to Airlie Beach via Longreach, pictured here in Dirranbandi last Friday.