ROD PETHER, 55

[ PIC­TURED LEFT ] CAR SALES FORD COURIER, AW ES­SEN­TIAL: MY PIL­LOW

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There’s prob­a­bly up to 100 Bash cars and be­tween 15 and 20 Aux­il­iary Work­shops (AWs). We are me­chan­ics by trade but I sell cars now. This is my 19th Bash, I did my first one in 1994, I haven’t done them con­sec­u­tively but it’s such a won­der­ful cause. There have been cars that have hit trees and the me­chan­ics have worked on them all night. It’s very rare they don’t have the car go­ing the next morn­ing. AWs are con­nected to a spe­cific car but they’ll help any­one. Gra­ham [Doig, pic­tured] is a great me­chanic, so peo­ple want him. I just make sure the beers are cold! We’ll talk about all the fun, and beers, but that’s a bonus, it’s see­ing the kids, and a lot of par­ents with spe­cial needs kids don’t have hol­i­days, one of them al­ways has to be there. Va­ri­ety might send them on a hol­i­day. You’ll see the Lib­erty swings around town for wheel­chairs – there are two. You’ll see a kid get on one for the first time, their smile, that’s why we do Va­ri­ety.”

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