Va­ri­ety cir­cus on wheels

Con­voy a true sight to be­hold

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

MORE than 320 cars full of a “va­ri­ety” of clowns turned Air­lie Beach into their cir­cus ground on Fri­day, to much fan­fare.

Va­ri­ety the Chil­dren’s Char­ity’s 10-day road bash started in Caloun­dra and has taken the group through re­gional parts of Queens­land, cul­mi­nat­ing in their fi­nal stop in the Whit­sun­days.

More than 15 schools were vis­ited on Va­ri­ety’s road trip, pro­mot­ing a cause close to their heart – rais­ing money in sup­port of dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren.

Their fi­nal stop at Air­lie Beach fol­lowed a trip to Bowen PCYC on Thurs­day.

Va­ri­ety bash “starter” and MC Ge­of­frey Brady said the per­son­al­ity of Va­ri­ety vol­un­teers made the trip a gen­uine sight to be­hold.

“There is a high­light ev­ery day, we are like a lit­tle cir­cus trav­el­ling along on the road,” he said.

“The Main Street wel­comed us very well, they were all wav­ing and cheer­ing.”

The Va­ri­ety con­voy made its way into the Air­lie Beach Main Street at noon be­fore head­ing on to the fin­ish line at Port of Air­lie.

Va­ri­ety mem­bers dressed up to fit a broad range of themes, adding colour and per­son­al­ity to the Whitsunday re­gion.

The group will cel­e­brate its fi­nal din­ner tonight where top fundrais­ers will be awarded with prizes to recog­nise their pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion.

Mr Brady said it was more than just com­i­cal an­tics and colour­ful per­son­al­i­ties which united the group.

“We al­ways have to re­mem­ber there are peo­ple worse off than us,” he said.

“We are lucky to live here with the stan­dard of liv­ing we have so we should help peo­ple who are not quite so for­tu­nate.

“Th­ese peo­ple give up their time to raise money for the kids who aren’t as for­tu­nate as their own.”

Grants were awarded to schools and in­di­vid­u­als to sup­port chil­dren through a range of sce­nar­ios in­clud­ing cere­bral palsy and learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

This is the sec­ond time Va­ri­ety has brought an event to the Whit­sun­days this year, with the Va­ri­ety Jet Trek also fin­ish­ing in the re­gion in May fol­low­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Va­ri­ety the Chil­dren’s Char­ity aims to em­power Aus­tralian chil­dren who are sick, dis­ad­van­taged or who have spe­cial needs.

The bash is un­der­stood to have in­jected $90,000 on av­er­age into each town at which it stopped overnight.

BLUE: Julie Duff, Kerry Somers and Kylie Lil­ley em­brace the Avatar theme for the Va­ri­ety Bash fin­ish­ing at Air­lie Beach.

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