Variety gears up for 30th Bash
VARIETY is hosting its 30th Bash this month but the event organiser said the spirit of the occasion hasn’t changed much over three decades.
Variety Bash boss Travis Clark said there were a lot of traditions that had been around since the first WA Bash in 1989.
“There are certain things we do that people expect to be done, like going to schools and places you wouldn’t necessarily get to go if you weren’t part of a big charity like ours,” he said.
“Some people like camping, some people like cars and some people just like being able to hang out with their mates for a week, so it gives you all of that.”
The Bash involves driving old, specially decorated cars through the Ferguson Valley, Margaret River, Denmark and Pemberton regions for a week to raise money for Variety, a charity that helps children in need.
Mr Clark said this year would be his first as the event’s volunteer organiser.
“I got involved in the bash nearly 9-10 years ago and I thought it was important, going into its 30th year, that it would be relevant and continue to raise money for many years to come,” he said.
Mr Clark said more than 30 teams had entered this year.
New teams must raise $4000 to enter, while the bar for returning teams is set at $8000.
“One of the real joys has been to see the actual money at work,” he said.
“Some years we’ve been able to meet the people that we’ve raised money for.”
He said the event was a great equaliser.
“After a few days you forget, it doesn’t matter who someone is or what they do or how old they are or how young they are, they all just become part of the bash,” he said.
“You just know they are there for a charity and to have fun.”
The convoy of cars will depart Burswood Park on August 18.
Variety Bash volunteer organiser Travis Clark with his 1972 Ford Fairlane.