Plenty of Va­ri­ety for Bash

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A CON­VOY of 155 beat-up cars came to the end of a 3500km jour­ney as they rolled nois­ily into Port Dou­glas on Fri­day.

The ar­rival sig­nalled the end of the Port to Port Va­ri­ety Bash for more than 400 “bash­ers” who spent nine days trav­el­ling north from South­port on the Gold Coast.

Lo­cal res­i­dents and tourists turned up to cheer on the colour­ful char­ac­ters as they crossed the fin­ish line to the sounds of blar­ing sirens and loud mu­sic.

Mackay cou­ple Wayne “Mat Hat­ter” Webster and Robyn “Alice” Webster raised $154,000 for Va­ri­ety - the high­est ever to­tal in Queens­land.

They spent a year host­ing events in their home­town, in­clud­ing a ball, lun­cheons and a car show, as well as “any other way you can think of rais­ing money”.

“We do it for the kids,” Mrs Webster said. “You get to do a lot of good along the way and Va­ri­ety is a good char­ity, so it’s worth the ef­fort.”

In the past the Web­sters, who have been in­volved for 20 years, have dressed up as Bat­man and Robin, Santa and Mrs Claus, and even a Thomas the Tank En­gine theme.

For the event’s 21st year, a to­tal of more than $1.1 mil­lion was raised by bash­ers.

Va­ri­ety Bash pub­lic re­la­tions man­ager Carly Quinn said each car had to raise a min­i­mum of $7500 to take part.

“We have one lady who has done all 21 bashes in the same ve­hi­cle, a 1967 Holden HR,” she said.

Butch­ery owner Bob Kin­sela, part of the Kal­lan­gur Cow­boys, helped his team raise more than $50,000 through raf­fling meat trays at their lo­cal pub.

“(The trip) was rough in places and smooth in oth­ers. In some rough parts it shook the milk up and made cream,” Mr Kin­sela, who was dressed in a cow suit, joked.

Money raised is used to pur­chase equip­ment for sick, dis­abled and spe­cial needs chil­dren in Queens­land.

Pho­tos by HOLLY ROBERT­SON

High­est fundrais­ers: Wayne “Mad Hat­ter” Webster and Robyn “Alice” Webster raised al­most $155,000 for Va­ri­ety

Oink, oink: Bob Kin­sela was part of the fourth-high­est fundrais­ing team with more than $50,000

Sis­terHotHot look: best cos­tume win­ners The Horn­bag Sis­ters Ebony Rae, Edyta Misiak and Mau­reen Bar­nett ar­rive in Port Dou­glas

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