Bash heads out west

Va­ri­ety children’s char­ity spread­ing joy in ru­ral centres

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS - Laura Telford laura.telford@balon­nebea­

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.

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