TEAMS competing in the NSW Variety Bash can take comfort in the fact that while they may be in the middle of nowhere in a beat-up but colourful car, two RAAF Base Williamtown employees are there to help.
This year a team of four air force personnel made up of a team leader, two vehicle mechanics and a medic will provide a mobile vehicle workshop and medical aid to entrants and their pre-1975 cars.
Two of those will be flight sergeant Tony Perry and mechanic leading aircraftman Phil Webb, both from RAAF Base Williamtown.
Flight sergeant Perry, a bash rookie, said his mates had taken part in previous events and all had come back with fantastic stories of their trips.
"I'm excited to help out the Bash teams any way I can," he said.
"I'm also looking forward to visiting local schools and charities along the route, and kicking a football with the kids."
For leading aircraftman Webb this will be his second Bash.
"I love the concept and I enjoy fixing the Bash cars," he said.
Flight sergeant Perry said the Bash was a great opportunity for all involved, but especially for the vehicle mechanics.
"The mechanics really need to think outside the box, as most of the time you're out bush with only basic equipment," he said.
Departing from the Sydney's Balmain on August 26 and travelling 4000 kilometres north to Bamaga in Cape York during the 10 days, the annual charity drive raises funds for Variety - The Children's Charity, which helps children with special needs.
See your ad here Every year Variety provides more than $12 million to assist 45,000 special-needs children and their families.
The air force's association with the Variety NSW Bash dates back to 1990, when it entered a team driving an HR Holden station wagon.
BALMAIN will be the starting point for this year's Variety Bash with cars heading off to Bamaga.at the tip of Cape York on August 19.
The Bash is organised by Rozelle children's charity Variety. More than 100 specialty cars will line up along the southern-side kerb lane on Darling St from the Town Hall Hotel back to Booth St.
Ian Scandrett, who is organising the start event, said funds raised on the day would go towards a lift on the pontoon at Balmain High to allow people with special needs to access boating facilities at the school.
"It is fitting that the event is finally running from the home of Variety, who are based in the old Police Station on Darling St in Rozelle," Mr Scandrett said.
Businesses will be able to sponsor a car, decorate their shops or offices and follow the progress of the car in the event.
"If they are a local shop they will be able to extend their store onto the footpath and promote their business."
WHAT do a motor mechanic, police sergeant, entertainer and IT manager have in common?
They are all members of the Central Coast taking part in the 2012 Variety Bash for the Children's Charity.
Les Hindmarsh, Ron Trundle, Claire Hayes and Irene Ballard set off last Sunday, leaving Balmain and heading for Bamaga, at the tip of Australia near Cape York.
They were expected to finish yesterday.
Mr Hindmarsh - the motor mechanic - owns the car, #181, and has been in seven bashes.
The rest are virgin bashers, including the police officer Ron Trundle, entertainer Claire Hayes and IT manager Irene Ballard.
Central Coast country music station Todayscountry94one is supporting the crew, and everywhere they've been, they've had country music blasting from a speaker on the roof.
"We've been preparing for months," Ms Hayes said.
"Going to meetings and on practise runs to St Auburns to familiarise with navigation and get to know the car a bot better."
Money raised from the bash goes to disadvantaged children, including kids with disabilities that need wheelchairs or walkers, newborns who need humidicribs and other lifesaving neo-natal equipment, indigenous people and kids in poverty.
"This list is endless really," Ms Hayes said.
"The Bashers are people with big hearts and generous spirits who really know how to have fun.
"Stops along the way are a hoot as we meet up with kids in little one-teacher schools and visit kids in hospital."
Last week Irish man Derek O’Neill who is Ambassador to National Irish Charity Charity 25 was honoured with being named International Celebrity Ambassador for Variety International the Children’s Charity - Fashion.ie...
IRISH PHILANTHROPIST, DEREK O'NEILL THROUGH HIS WORK FEEDS 35,000 CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD EVERY DAY
Last week, Irish man, Derek O’Neill who is Ambassador to National Irish Charity, Charity 25 was honoured with being named International Celebrity Ambassador for Variety International the Children’s Charity. This honor has been bestowed on very few individuals since 1928, including Princess Diana, Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey, Clint Eastwood, to name a few.
DEREK BEING PRESENTED WITH AWARD IN LA BY VARIETY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT PETER DRUMMOND
This honor signifies the value and impact of Derek’s workshops, and the difference that they are making throughout the world on all levels. Having the title of Celebrity Ambassador makes Derek a spokesperson for children with special needs. After having been presented with the honor from Variety President Peter Drummond, Derek stated, “I fully intend to use this voice to explain to people that children with special needs are whole, not part children, and are not to be pitied.” Also in attendance at the event was Variety Chairman Monty Hall and his wife, Marilyn.
DEREK ON COVER OF JUNE EDITION OF INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE
Derek originally set out last week to travel to Haiti but was unable to get into the country due to extreme conditions , hence he travelled to L.A. to present an unexpected donation of $100,000.00 to pay for a clean water project in Haiti. It was totally unexpected that Variety had already chosen him as an Ambassador. There was grace all around “I feel once again that the work we are doing is being recognized in the highest chambers around the world whilst not losing its grassroots energy, which is you. As each of you know, I have always said that this is a team effort and I am just your spokesperson, sharing your love and compassion” said Derek after receiving the Ambassadorship.
ABOUT 50 people turned up last weekend for the State's first auction of a charity home in the booming Pilbara.
According to a spokeswoman, the bidding started off strongly with an initial bid of $1.2m for the four-bedroom, two-bathroom house at Port Hedland's new Pretty Pool Estate.
The home, on a 693sqm block, sold 25 minutes later for $1.54m to Clark Butson, owner of Polar Aviaton in the Pilbara.
Mr Butson is managing director of the company which has a fleet of aircraft delivering services in the North-West.
He is also a Grade One flying instructor with more than 18,500 hours of flying experience.
Mr Butson is also a supporter of children's charity Variety WA and has previously donated the use of his hanger to the Variety WA Pilbara Committee Black Tie event.
Mining magnate Andrew "Twiggy'' Forrest's Fortescue Metals stumped up an interest-free loan of up to $400,000, which a Variety spokeswoman said allowed the charity to procure essential materials and labour not otherwise donated to the project, without any hard costs being incurred.
The loan will be repaid out of proceeds from the sale of the home, she said.
Attending the auction last Saturday were Deidre Willmott, Director External Relations for Fortescue Metals Group, Vicki James, Manager Community for Fortescue Metals Group, Brad Pawlenko for LandCorp, Michael Pailthorpe, CEO for Variety WA , Geoff Garside, COO for Variety WA and Peter Broad, President for Variety Pilbara Region. Auctioneer Brett Philp of Jan Ford Real Estate took the helm of the sale.
When finished, the property will feature bamboo flooring and a big open-plan living area flowing to an outdoor area and pool.
VARIETY - The Children’s Charity - Adventure Camp was with us at Brentwood Recreation Complex. The campers, staff & volunteers are amazing! That's an understatement.
Staying in the AMAZING for our blogs is easy when we are surrounded by so many groups of wonderful, caring people. I have written about folks from the Greatest Generation who accomplished so much and there are more stories to come about those heroes. This week, though, there are people who visited us who deserve more than a casual nod.
Variety Adventure Camp—a program of Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis —came to Brentwood Recreation Center. That sound simple, but for Variety Campers just “going” is no small feat. There were eighty-five young participants with wheelchairs, walkers, visual assistance, etc. and almost as many counselors and volunteers. Adventure camp takes the limits or boundaries experienced by children with disabilities and throws them out the window. With a motto of “I CAN!” for all children, they came, they played, they conquered.
Adventures were big for everyone. Campers created art projects using a wide variety of mediums. They ate a camp-style lunch. They made music with all kinds of instruments and sang, ending that adventure with a talent show. They even experienced the ICE RINK!
Campers who would usually not be on an ice rink had volunteers to lace up their skates, lend a hand for support, put on cleats to walk out on the ice or roll wheelchairs up the specially made ramp to a whole new world of ice. There were more than enough helpers to make sure every camper had the most fun possible.
Teens, college students and hockey players from the St. Louis Edge Women’s Hockey Team shared miles of smiles with their young charges.
If you need an uplifting experience, if your soul is tried and tired, call Barb Kramer. As Variety’s Program Director, she’s sure to find a way for you to donate your time, money or knowledge to this amazing program. You are sure to be renewed by sharing with the beautiful people of Variety.
Variety, is excited to announce the 27th Melbourne Cup function at Crystal Palace Grand Ballroom, Luna Park Sydney. Join Variety and Luna Park for an unforgettable day for the Race that Stops the nation. You will be entertained throughout the day with MC’s Glenn Wheeler and Penne Dennison, enjoy a delicious 2 course meal, and premium beverages all day long, private TAB facilities, plenty of entertainment and the races on the Big screens throughout the day. You can do all of this while admiring one of the best views of Sydney Harbour.
Global technology giant Toshiba has joined a campaign to raise funds and awareness of Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.
For the tenth year Team Toshiba is once again participating in the Not for Profit children’s charity Variety 2012 Bash.
This year the event sees teams drive from Balmain in Sydney to Bamaga, at the very tip of Cape York over 10 days.
For many years, Toshiba’s employees have supported Variety with the Team Toshiba fleet now consisting of seven participating cars. Captain of Team Toshiba, Les Smith together with Siobhan Minervini from Toshiba’s Medical Division both own and drive Team Toshiba cars.
“Visiting regional communities on the annual B to B Bash lets us see just how we are helping the kids in these remote areas gain a little quality of life,” Smith said.
Since 2002, Team Toshiba has contributed over $650,000, raising over $120,000 for each of the past three years. Team Toshiba also received the Highest Corporate Fundraiser Award for three years.
“Committed to People, Committed to the Future is a catch cry integral to Toshiba’s company initiatives. Toshiba is a long term supporter of Variety and proudly supports the charity’s three core programs: Freedom, Caring for Kids and Future Kids Program,” Smith said.
Beginning in Balmain, the convoy travels to Narrabri, crossing into Queensland next day to Goondiwindi and then on to Roma, Emerald and Charters Towers before reaching Cairns, and a lay day. Leaving Cairns the convoy travels to Archer River for a night under the stars before arriving at the final destination, Bamaga, at the very tip of Cape York, a total distance of 4250km travelled in 10 days.
Real Estate Nowra Nsw News Children's Charity Fundraiser - Poker Night!
The Newcastle Variety Bash 2013 is holding a Poker fundraising Night on Friday the 19th October 2012 at 6.30pm at Gabby’s Function Centre in Berry. The cost is $40 each which includes dinner & poker (bring your own stein) with a night filled of fun! RSVP for numbers please, bookings & payment is taken at Ray White Berry. Fur further information about the night please contact Ray White Berry 02 4464 2399 or Martin Keats on 0412 903 018. *Variety, The Children’s Charity helps children growing up with disability, serious illness or disadvantage. With your support, Variety the children’s charity gives more than a million dollars worth of goods and services a month to children with special needs. Each week, Variety New South Wales directly helps hundreds of individual children and families in need—providing practical and much needed grants for items like modified tricycles, electric beds, and communication devices for children who would otherwise ‘fall through the gaps’ and have nowhere else to turn. This will be a great event so come along & support this great cause!
A RECORD $1.6 million has been raised in this year's Variety WA Bash.
The annual charity event raises money for WA children in need and next year will celebrate its 25th anniversary.
At a gala dinner last night it was announced the eight-day charity event, which took the 120 participants in their cars from Albany to Perth, had raised $1,613,942, a record amount for the charity who run the event, Variety the Children’s Charity.
Variety the Children’s Charity chief executive Michael Pailthorpe said last night he was delighted with the result.
“In effect 120 people have raised $1,613,942.00 at an average of more than $10,000 per person which is an incredible effort,” Mr Pailthorpe said.
A 25th anniversary reunion and 2013 event launch will be held in the Summer Marquee at Crown Perth on November 9.
Reminiscing CD helps special needs kids... In support of the launch of their new 'Reminiscing' CD for children in need across Australia, vocalists Danielle Blakey and Evelyn Duprai of the album will appear on stage for live performances of the jazzed up interpretations of the Little River Band songs. Produced by the Children's Charity Variety, the proceeds from the sale of the CD go directly to the charity. The CD's can be purchased for $25 and will also be on sale at the concert. ......known for their ability to take pop songs and turn them into jazzy gems Jazz Nouveau announce the release of their debut CD "Reminiscing" "Reminiscing" is a collection of Little River Band songs with a Jazz Nouveau twist, featuring guest vocalists Emma Pask, Evelyn Duprai, Danielle Blakey, Anthea White and Anita Spring and is available on iTunes. Click here to preview in iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/reminis... Jazz Nouveau - the brainchild of Joseph Calderazzo, was birthed one afternoon in 2003 whilst trying to figure out how he could transform songs that were well known and current into pieces that carried an air of timeless sophistication. Creating rhythms that echo the heartbeat of the modern metropolis they call home, Jazz Nouveau have developed a sound that not only uniquely reverberates the city of Sydney, it also merges tantalizing cosmopolitan flavours with a classic attention grabbing vintage style! The band features amazing Sydney musicians including New Zealand prodigy CHARMAINE FORD on piano, DAVE GOODMAN on drums, the debonair GARY HOLGATE who lets the double bass know exactly who’s the boss, the elegant Ms EVELYN DUPRAI who tastefully sings it all from a whisper to a shout, and of course, JOSEPH CALDERAZZO on guitar. Proceeds from the sale of this CD will go to Variety - The children's charity. QUOTES AND REVIEWS... "Jazz Nouveau are happily deconstructing a bunch of rock hits and misses into a very stylish lounge suite." Ross Clelland (Drum Media) "You nailed Reminiscing" Chris Richards (Owner/booker Blue Beat) "I can feel an ARIA coming on" Don Bartley (Benchmark Mastering) ".. really nice tracks hey .. we did alright !" Emma Pask (Jazz singer) "This release and people associated with it surly have an award or two coming their way. Very high quality" (Greg Tingle/Media Man) "Big congratulations to you guys for producing a beautifully presented tribute to Little River Band. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of it" Anthea White (Hipstones) Track List... 1.Playing to Win (feat. Emma Pask) 2.Reminiscing (feat. Emma Pask) 3.Night Owls (feat. Danielle Blakey) 4.Down On the Border (feat. Evelyn Duprai) 5.Cool Change (feat. Anthea White) 6.Curiosity Killed the Cat (feat. Emma Pask) 7.Home On a Monday (feat. Anita Spring) 8.Happy Anniversary (feat. Evelyn Duprai) 9.Help Is On It's Way (feat. Danielle Blakey) 10.Nosotros (We Two) (feat. Evelyn Duprai) News... Jazz interpretations of Little River Band songs Date Wednesday 19th September Time 8:00 p.m. Venue Blue Beat, Double Bay Price $20 per person- tickets available at http://tinyurl.com/753j624 Five outstanding Australian songstresses have teamed up to create a very special CD, Reminiscing, to help kids in need across Australia. The album, which is a stunning collection of jazz interpretations of Little River Band songs, will be officially launched as part of Sydney Fringe Festival at Blue Beat in Double Bay on Wednesday 19th September, 2012. Reminiscing presents the best of the Little River Band performed by five superb guest female vocalists with each song given a unique soulful, jazz twist. Emma Pask, Evelyn Duprai, Danielle Blakey, Anthea White and Anita Spring, each agreed to the project - giving their voices in song to support Variety’s great work with kids across Australia. Jazz Nouveau, led by charismatic guitarist Joseph Calderazzo, are well known for turning pop songs into jazzy gems. Joseph is joined by an amazing group of musicians including New Zealand piano prodigy Charmaine Ford, rhythm king Dave Goodman on drums and Gary Holgate on double bass, Gordon Rytmeister on drums and Tony Azzopardi on percussion, all lending their talent to the album Reminiscing merges cosmopolitan flavours and sophistication with timeless vintage style. The album includes Emma Pask, described by James Morrison as the greatest gift to Australian Jazz vocals in the last decade, sings Reminiscing, Playing to Win and Curiosity Killed the Cat; Evelyn Duprai, who is one of the most sought after female vocalists in Australia in the jazz world, gives her rendition of Down On the Border, Happy Anniversary and Nosotros (We Two); Danielle Blakey, who won the 2011 POP Award NA2R (New Artist to Radio) with the track Fearless, sings Night Owls and Help Is On Its Way; Anthea White, an Australian artist who resides in New York leading the in demand band The Hipstones, singing a soulful rendition of Cool Change and Anita Spring singing Home on a Monday, Anita’s first single ‘Blink’ - from her album Paris can Wait reached number seven in the ARIA Australian singles chart. At the Reminiscing CD launch on Wednesday September 19 from 8:00pm, Evelyn Duprai will be joined on stage by Jazz Nouveau featuring Dave Goodman on drums, Gary Holgate on double bass, guitarist Joseph Calderazzo, and also including New Zealand Piano prodigy, Charmaine Ford. A tantalizing tapas menu will be available before the commencement of the show. Tickets are $20 and available online at http://tinyurl.com/753j624. Reminiscing was produced by Variety – the Children’s Charity with all proceeds from the sale of the physical CD and digital downloads (available through iTunes and Amazon.com) directly helping Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. Websites Emma Pask official website www.emmapask.com Evelyn Duprai official website www.evelynduprai.com Variety - the Children's Charity www.variety.org.au Jazz Nouveau official website www.jazznouveau.net Little River Band www.littleriverband.com Sydney Fringe www.sydneyfringe.com
Children from William Stimson Public School are flying high thanks to a new Liberty Swing in their playground.
There are 567 students at the school, 48 with severe and multiple disabilities.
The Liberty Swing will benefit these children in the support unit as its innovative design has been specifically developed with wheelchair-bound children in mind.
The swing allows the children to experience the fun and thrill of a swing, while the swinging action is also highly therapeutic.
Principal Jan Williams thanked Variety, the Children's Charity NSW, and corporate supporter Charter Hall for providing the swing. "It has already made a difference to the children in terms of physical activity and sensory awareness," she said.
"Organisations like Variety provide hope, pride and dignity to our disadvantaged and vulnerable students."
A convoy of colourful cars and crazy characters came to Goondiwindi State Primary School last Tuesday. ...
Variety, the Children’s Charity has a special surprise in store for the students of Goondiwindi State School, who received 40 Easy Speak Pro’s – special microphones with a memory card that translates talk to text, as gifts.
The 382 ‘Bashers’ came to town as part of the 2012 NSW Variety Bash.
The presentation took place over breakfast, which was hosted by the school.
It was an opportunity for children to see the colourful convoy of 125 weird and wonderfully decorated pre-1974 vehicles when they stopped in town as part of the 4,202 kilometre, ‘Balmain to Bamaga’ 10 day adventure.
Amongst the ‘Bashers’ there was also some famous faces including singing legends John Williamson and John Paul Young.
Given that since its inception in 1985, it has been tradition for the Bash to start and finish at a destination starting with the letter B, this year the Variety Bash will leave from Balmain for a trip to the “Tip”, finishing in Bamaga, a town near the northern tip of Cape York.
The Bash detoured through some of NSW’s remote regions including Merriwa and Mungindi and some of Queensland’s iconic outback towns, such as Archer River, Bamaga and Charters Towers.
Since the first Bash the event has raised in excess of $115 million nett for kids in need.
The Bash is not a race or a rally but rather a drive in the Outback with like-minded fund raisers, driving the miles for the smiles, enjoying travelling to parts of Australia that they may not otherwise see, at the same time as raising money to support kids in need.
The Bash was originated by businessman, explorer and philanthropist Dick Smith in June 1985 when he organized a group of people to travel from Sydney to Bourke in Far West New South Wales, and from there to Burketown in Northern Queensland.
Dick wanted to take a few mates for a drive through the Outback in old cars and at the same time raise money for charity.
He charged everyone to enter, and entrants were able to bribe the officials or be fined.
See your ad here That first event raised $250,000 for Variety and was known as the Bourke to Burketown Bash.
Variety, the Children’s Charity is dedicated to transforming the lives of children with special needs.
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As Derek O'Neill (www.derekoneill.com) reaches the...
world through his inspiring dedication in caring for humanity, the esteemed transformational therapist and philanthropist was recently named Celebrity Ambassador for Variety International - The Children's Charity. Renowned for receiving the prestigious Variety International Children's Charity Humanitarian Award earlier this year, the selfless humanitarian generously donated $100,000 to the organization. Derek now joins the ranks of past Variety International Celebrity Ambassadors including: Princess Diana, Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey, Clint Eastwood, Michael Caine CBE, Sir Sean Connery, and Sir Roger Moore to name a few.
Appointed by the Variety International President, Peter Drummond, Derek was chosen to assist Variety in its role of helping to improve the lives of special needs children around the world. Variety International's thoughtful stewardship, coupled with O'Neill's extraordinary expertise as psychotherapist, will mark a powerful start of the betterment of humankind.
Through their network of 43 Tents (or Chapters) in 13 countries, Variety International - The Children's Charity has reached into communities across the globe since 1928, offering support and assistance to children and organizations that serve kids with special needs. Hard work, stewardship, and single-minded focus on the needs of the young, are what strives the organization in making a lasting difference in the lives of children, their families, our communities, and the world, one need at a time. "We are more powerful than we think. But we are only powerful when we come together," says O'Neill.
Inspired by 30 years of martial arts training, Derek's teaching philosophy has enlightened individuals from celebrities to politicians. The professed good samaritan has received numerous awards, which bear testament to his unconditional empathy and care for humanity, including the coveted Variety International Humanitarian Award. Previous recipients of this award consist of: Sir Winston Churchill, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Sammy Davis Jr., Jerry Lewis, Sir Roger Moore, and Simon Cowell.
In addition to his inspirational seminars, O'Neill hosts his own radio show, The Way with Derek O'Neill, broadcasting live on Mondays at 9am Pacific time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.
For information, or to interview Derek O'Neill, contact LA Publicist Eileen Koch of Eileen Koch & Company Inc., a PR, Marketing and Branding Firm at 310-441-1000, or email Eileen@eileenkoch.com. Visit www.eileenkoch.com.
Variety Children’s Charity WA successfully auctioned its first ever Port Hedland Variety house last weekend in Styles Road, Pretty Pool. Jan Ford Real Estate auctioneer Brett Philp officiated proceedings and ...
Variety Children’s Charity WA successfully auctioned its first ever Port Hedland Variety house last weekend in Styles Road, Pretty Pool.
Jan Ford Real Estate auctioneer Brett Philp officiated proceedings and the 84 Styles Road 4 x 2 property, which began with a bid of $1.2 million, quickly rose to $1, 5040, 000.
Among several bidders both on the ground and on the phone, Polar Aviation’s Clark Butson emerged the successful buyer.
Variety WA CEO Michael Pailthorpe was very impressed with the project, particularly given the support the charity received from Landcorp, FMG, trades and local businesses.
“It’ll mean a lot; it will raise a lot of money for the kids in the Pilbara,” he said.
“It’s just gone extremely well; in fact, I think we’ve picked the perfect town, the perfect place in Australia to conduct an auction.”
FMG Director External Relations Deidre Willmott said that the FMG is absolutely delighted with the result of auction.
“We’ve always thought this is a fantastic project for the community,” she said.
Ms Willmott said that Variety came to FMG about two years ago to request some funding to add to current town support of the project, so Fortescue provided an interest free loan to get the house built.
“We’re very proud to be part of the community and this project is an absolute fit for Fortescue’s on-the-ground, in-the-community involvement,” she said.
More than 40 companies and suppliers jumped on board, volunteering and donating time, supplies and funds in Port Hedland.
Tradesmen and suppliers came out of the woodwork, which included roofing the whole building in two days.
“As you can see, the final house is beautiful,” Ms Willmott said.
Mr Pailthorpe said that with the success of this auction, he’d like to think such a project will happen again.
But perhaps it’s time for everyone to relax and enjoy this one first.
“You’d hope to do it again at some point,” he said, indicating that those involved are up for a bit of a rest in the interim.
Many police officers are passionate about supporting charities and actively lend a hand in the community where they can. The 2012 Variety Bash has drawn out officers from across the state who are especially keen to help children’s charity.
The 2012 fundraiser rally started in Dalby last Thursday and will finish in Mackay on Friday, with the group due to arrive in Yeppoon today.
Senior Constable Fred Baguley Officer in Charge of Mirani Station in the Mackay District joined the bash as a novice driver this year. He was on last years bash in a friend’s car and this year decided to enter his own team with car number 1958. Afetr returning from the 2011 bash, he found a badly neglected WB Statesman Caprice derelict under a farm house and with a lot of mechanical and panel work the car became entrant 1958, ready to tackle its maiden rally.
Senior Constable Baguley’s co-driver and navigator is his wife who has never been on a Variety Bash rally. They are joined by four people from the Mirani community who will complete the ten day journey in a support vehicle as their the auxiliary workshop.
Metropolitan North Regional Crime Prevention Coordinator Senior Sergeant Steve Watterson first entered the bash in 2008 and has participated every year since. His team will again run their 1975 XB Falcon Wagon as car 600.
“The 10 day adventure is an exhilarating, tiring, refreshing journey that takes us to some out of the way places through diverse landscapes. It allowed us to experience the essence of what Variety is all about… helping sick and disadvantaged kids,” Senior Sergeant Watterson said.
“We have visited many areas that people would not normally see, enjoyed visits with kids at a number of schools, had cars break down and then fixed them, laughed with some old mates, all with the knowledge that we have done this for the kids.”
Townsville’s Inspector Damian Irvine will return for his sixth year in his North Queensland Cowboys themed car. His co-driver and some of his team have been doing the rallies for over 15-years and Sergeant Damian Ahern is providing support for car 321.
“The bash stops at lots of small country towns and grants gifts to kids with special needs. These gifts include specialised medical equipment, walking aids, wheelchairs, learning computers and communication devices. The smiles on the kids’ faces and watching the parents tear up, makes you realise what a great thing this is,” Inspector Irvine said.
“The people who get involved are all like minded and love to have a good time and love raising money for the kids. Fond memories are held of the evenings sitting around a campfire or in a country hall socialising and mixing with great people who quickly become lifelong friends”
Sergeant Steve Wakerley from Ferny Grove station signed up for his 12th year in a row.
Sergeant Wakerley has a special affiliation with Variety, The Children’s Charity of Qld having been chairman of the Variety Bash Qld for the past five years and on the Board of Directors for three years, until late last year.
He warmed up the V8 engine in his black and white American police styled 1965 Dodge Phoenix to hit the fundraising trails again with his Keystone Cops Team in car 999.
Sergeant Wakerley has raised over $550,000 during his time participating in the Variety Bash. In 2007 he was praised for being the highest fundraiser and last year he was third highest fundraiser from a field of about 100 cars.
All participating officers hope their fundraising efforts will provide valuable contributions to the children’s charity during the 10-day event.
If you see the Variety Bash entrants as they travel through parts of the State be sure to look out for cars 321, 600, 999 and 1958.
The Variety 4WD Adventure is coming and Variety is urging all 4x4 owners and enthusiasts to join them on this year’s “Gong to Gong” adventure.
The brainchild of Variety - the Children’s Charity, to create a real adventure for like-minded 4WD owners with the feel good benefit of raising much needed funds for kids in need, the 4WD Adventure will celebrate its seventh year in 2012.
This year, the Variety 4WD Adventure will take place over six days, from November 12th to 17th, and will cover 1,489 kilometres. The Adventure is a “Gong to Gong” experience, starting in Wollongong and travelling through Goulburn, Cooma, Orbost, Eden and Mogo, before finishing up in the other ‘Gong’ - Gerrigong.
Covering a variety of terrain, the Variety 4WD Charity Adventure is the ultimate 4WD holiday, promising beach runs, bush trails, creek crossings, fabulous scenery, exceptional food and wine, resort style accommodation and a unique opportunity to form new found friendships.
For those daunted by the prospect of a big off-road trip, the good news is that the Variety 4WD Adventure is a ‘turn-key’ event, meaning that beyond providing your own suitable vehicle, everything is done for you. This makes the Adventure ideal for 4x4 owners who are not confident venturing on off-road, un-assisted drives themselves.
The all-inclusive cost of $6,350 for two people includes a $3,000 fully tax deductible donation to Variety, to purchase urgently needed equipment for Australia’s special needs children. The entry fee covers all accommodation, official meals, entertainment, merchandise, “happy hour” gatherings and assistance from Variety’s skilled team of event officials including 4x4 experts and mechanical support personnel.
Participants are encouraged to begin fundraising in advance of the Adventure and get their family, friends and work colleagues involved.
Variety’s Motoring Events Manager, Stuart Telfer says, “The Variety 4WD Adventure is a perfect holiday for couples as they offer a perfect balance of real life adventure with resort style accommodation and fine dining so participants don’t have to rough it. Plus the time on the road together gives couples a real chance to re-connect, away from the stresses of their busy lives”.