Va­ri­ety gears up for 30th Bash

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Madeleine Stephens

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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d485216

Va­ri­ety Bash vol­un­teer or­gan­iser Travis Clark with his 1972 Ford Fair­lane.

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