Princesses, Pirates return
Two City of Karratha teams have returned from driving the rough terrain and heat of the Kimberley in novelty cars as part of an annual event to raise money for children’s charity and family support service Variety.
The Pilbara Princesses, made up of Kirsten Boardman and Tracey Payne, and the four-person Pilbara Pirates including Dampier’s Greg Myers and Michael Preece, have returned home after taking part in the Variety Bash from Kununurra to Broome in August.
Both teams said the race had been a positive experience despite braving the heat without air-conditioning and the Princesses having to wait for four hours for repairs on the side of the road.
The Princesses made it onto the top 10 fundraisers list for a second year, with a total of $25,406 raised.
Meanwhile the Pirates did well for what was the first-time ride for most of them, raising $20,750, and narrowly missed out on being the highest first-time car in the competition.
Ms Boardman said the best parts of the event had been fun stops and time spent with the children for whom the event was helping to raise money.
“That’s what we always ask for more of — more interaction with the kids, so we can actually say we’ve seen where (the money) goes,” she said.