Hellish jour­ney across the coun­try


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jenny Gal­braith For more in­for­ma­tion or to do­nate to Va­ri­ety, visit va­ri­ety.org.au/nswBASH.

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.

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