Hellish journey across the country
FUN MOTORING FOR A CAUSE
St Clair’s Ian Banks is set to embark on a 10-day journey across the country from Sydney to Bunbury as part of the Variety Dick Smith Bash.
ONE St Clair man has proved you don’t have to be a multi-millionaire to make a real difference in the world.
Ian Banks is set to embark on a 10-day journey this weekend from Sydney to Bunbury in Western Australia as part of the Variety Dick Smith Bash.
It will be the 19th time Mr Banks has taken part in the charity motoring event, and he will drive his trusty ’65 Chevrolet Belair hearse 4598km and visit 18 regional and remote towns with his friend Paula Williams.
Over nearly two decades he has raised around $300,000 for Variety, which goes towards providing vital equipment and services to Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.
“It’s a real eye opener, you don’t realise how many kids throughout Australia need help,” Mr Banks said.
“There’s guys out there who raise lot more than I do, and all credit to them. I took it on to show you don’t have to be a rich multi-million- aire to do this. I’m just a blue-collar factory worker and I’ve been involved for 19 years.”
Mr Banks describes the Bash as a “travelling circus”, and always dresses up as an angel and a devil for the entertainment of the children they meet along the way.
“You see so much of Australia and meet some incredible people, from the landowners to the guys in the shearing sheds. I’ve made so many friends throughout Australia doing the Bash,” he said.
The pair aim to raise around $12,000 this year, and rely on the support of local sponsor, St Mary’s Leagues Club. Mr Banks also sells cherries at Christmas time.
“One thing about the Bash is it doesn’t matter where you come from or how much money you’ve got, it’s an equaliser. Everybody’s on the same plane, and everyone is working the same angle to raise money for kids,” Mr Banks said.
Ian Banks from St Clair is getting set for his 19th Variety Dick Smith Bash.