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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.
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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.
It also provided two mobile workshops.
For more information about the bash or to donate visit www.variety.org.au/NSW/Events/Bash/ .
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.
"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.
When finished, the property will feature bamboo flooring and a big open-plan living area flowing to an outdoor area and pool.
Challenges galore await the Stewart family as they prepare to hit the road for the 2012 NSW Variety Bash.
Rough dirt tracks, gaping potholes and inevitable mechanical failings await the Stewart family as they prepare to hit the road for the 2012 NSW Variety Bash.
The annual charity event sees a convoy of vehicles cover large distances across outback Australia in the name of raising money for children with special needs.
Ray Stewart from Dural is a veteran of bush-bashing road trips but is participating in the NSW Variety Bash for the first time.
He will be joined by his twin sons Brett and Grant as they attempt to take their modified 1974 Mercedes Benz to the most northern point of Australia.
"I am really looking forward to seeing how these old cars tackle the challenging road to the top as on my last trip there it was strictly 4X4 vehicles only," Ray said.
"I am also looking forward to some boy time with my sons."
The Stewart's vehicle will be hard to miss with its eye-catching tartan paintjob.
But there is no doubt as to the most important modification the father and sons have made to their car.
"The car has been fitted out with all the necessary equipment including a roll cage, fitted at my wife's insistence," he said.
"Otherwise her boys were not allowed to come even though they are 47 years old!"
BASHING THEIR WAY TO THE TOP
- The 2012 NSW Variety Bash leaves Sydney on Sunday 19 August.
- The cars will cover more than 4000 kilometres to reach Bamaga, Queensland, on Tuesday 28 August.
- Celebrities along for the ride include Aussie music legends John Williamson and John Paul Young.
- For more information or to make a donation visit variety.org.au.
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.
KILKIVAN was inundated by a madcap convoy of 140 vehicles carrying 400 wild and wacky participants last Friday.
After an overnight stop, the vehicles assembled at the starting line early on Friday to continue the trip.
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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!
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.
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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.
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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.
DAVID Dent and his mates, Max Withers and Ian Packer, have raised more than $200,000 for the Variety Bash.
DAVID Dent and his close mates, Max Withers and Ian Packer, have raised more than $200,000 for the Variety Bash in 21 years by driving through the bush and country roads.
This year the good mates - two are classmates - will be revving up their 1971 Ford Fairlane (car 178) for another bush bashing trip and help raise funds for Variety The Children's Charity.
Dent's crew - who were inducted in Variety's Hall of Fame last year - will join 125 vehicles for the 4,202km bash which begins on Sunday, August 19, from Balmain.
Singing legends John Williamson and John Paul Young are expected to be among the starters for Variety's major fund raiser.
Dent said the opportunity of helping the children while having fun is something they cannot pass.
"It's a fun thing and we raise a lot of money," Dent, 68, of Nelson, said.
"We began taking part in 1990 and the three of us go back many years."
The bash will take the drivers 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.
"We've been working hard on the car three or four days a week for the past four months," Dent said.
"We've spent a lot of money out of our own pocket but it's all for a good cause."
The bash runs from Sunday, August 19 to Tuesday, August 28
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.
CLUB Liverpool is helping support one of the local teams in this year's NSW Variety Bash.
Ray Stewart and his twin sons, Brett and Grant, are entering a team as "Clan Stewart".
The trio will drive a 1974 Mercedes-Benz in the big fundraiser.
Ray Stewart has been the chief executive at Club Liverpool for more than two decades.
"You need to have $8500 to meet the criteria to enter the bash," Stewart said. "This is my first time in the bash."
But Stewart has driven a 4WD before and won a Variety 4 x 4 Adventure and the Royal Flying Doctor Trek in the same vehicle.
Their team has exceeded the required Variety Bash entry amount, raising $12,000.
This year's 4202-kilometre event starts on Sunday, August 19, at Balmain and finishes on Tuesday, August 28, at Bamaga, Thursday Island.
Club Liverpool is putting on a fundraising concert by Simply Bushed at noon this Sunday. The $20 entry includes, a sausage sizzle and family games.
Details: 9822 4555. Club Liverpool is at 185 George Street.
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.
For further details, or to register for the Variety 4WD Charity Adventure, visit: www.variety.org.au/NSW/Events/4WD-Adventure/ or call (02) 9819 1009