Pi­rates ex­cited to nav­i­gate chal­lenge

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

There will be no miss­ing Dampier’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives in a char­ity drive through the Kim­ber­ley next week, with their neon green Holden with a ship’s helm and oars at­tached sure to stand out in any crowd.

Res­i­dents Michael Preece and Greg My­ers have branded them­selves the Pil­bara Pi­rates and fit-out an old car do­nated by Mr Preece’s friend for the 2016 Va­ri­ety Bash, a nov­elty car drive held in re­gional WA every Au­gust for chil­dren’s char­ity and fam­ily sup­port ser­vice Va­ri­ety.

The men will take off from Ku­nunurra this Sun­day en route to Broome, along with 28 other cars part of the drive, hav­ing raised $18,000 for Va­ri­ety in the mean­time.

Mr Preece drove in the Bash for the first time last year as part of a team mainly from Kal­go­or­lie and said en­ter­ing again had been a no-brainer.

“I did it last year and en­joyed it that much ... the va­ri­ety bosses, the man­agers were ask­ing me on the trip would I do it again next year and I said yes,” he said.

It will be the maiden bash for car en­thu­si­ast Mr My­ers, who said he had long wanted to be part of the char­ity event.

The men have done a lot of prepa­ra­tion on the Pi­rates’ car to get it drive-ready, helped by about $6000 worth of do­na­tions.

They thanked all their spon­sors and said for them, the bash was about hav­ing fun with some good peo­ple for a char­ity that gave chil­dren op­por­tu­ni­ties they may oth­er­wise not get.

You can do­nate to the Pil­bara Pi­rates at https://va­ri­ety­bash.ev­ery­day­hero.com/au/gre or https://va­ri­ety­bash.ev­ery­day­hero.com/au/michael.

Michael Preece and Greg My­ers.

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