Sure, the Variety Bash is a fun drive, with a bunch of great people, but the reason for it all is for the kids who need a bit more help to live, laugh and learn.
Tricycle gift in Blackall, Qld
Every month Variety Australia distributes $1 million in benefits to children, for things such as special wheelchairs and play equipment, prosthetic limbs, Sunshine coaches to help kids with special needs get out in the sun, to children’s hospitals and so on. The money raised through the Variety Bash helps make all of that happen.
Angels after crossing the Pentecost River
The Angels in Car 999A invite you to help these kids by donating online(it’s tax deductible, too!)
The last year has flown by, and the Angels are about to head off in one month on the 2012 NSW Variety Bash, from Balmain, NSW, to Bamaga, at the very tip of Cape York in Queensland.
Well over 100 cars have raised funds (a minimum of $8,500 for each car) for Variety, the Children’s Charity, and we’re just making last-minute adjustments to our cars in readiness for the trip.
Here’s where we’re going:
- Day 1: Aug 19: Starting in Balmain, going to Narrabrivia Merriwa.
- Day 2: Aug 20: via Mungindi to Goondiwindi, Qld.
- Day 3: Aug 21: via Surat to Roma.
- Day 4: Aug 22: via Arcadia Valley to Emerald.
- Day 5: Aug 23: to Charters Towers.
- Day 6: Aug 24: to Cairns.
- Day 7: Aug 25: going to Kurandafor the day, then back to Cairns.
- Day 8: Aug 26: via Laura to Archer River Roadhouse(camping out there).
- Day 9: Aug 27: via Bramwell Station to Bamaga.
- Day 10: Aug 28: going over to Thursday Island for the day, then back to Bamaga.
For more details see the Route on the web site.
While the drive is fun, the reason we go on the Bash is FOR THE KIDS! Last year’s Bash raised $1.863 million for Variety, the Children’s Charity, with that money going to things such as:
- Sunshine Coaches, to help schools and support organizations help kids who have previously not been able to get “out and about” in their community.
- Liberty Swings, giving children in wheelchairs the chance to swing and laugh.
- Wheelchairsfor special needs children.
- Equipment such as iPads and computers to help transform the education of kids with special needs, such as autism.
- Specialized medical equipment and services for children’s health services including hospitals.
Won’t you help us help the kids by donating online? It’s tax deductible (in Australia).
Here’s a mashup of some video clips and photos of the Angels in Car 999A on the 2011 NSW Variety Bash:
The Bash went from Baulkham Hills, NSW, to Broome, WA, from August 6 to 17, 2011. (Some of the clips and photos come from Zoom Productions, and some are ours.)
There’s fun along the way, but the purpose of the trip is to raise funds for Variety, the Children’s Charity, to help children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn.
Not long until we head off on the Bash again.
Help us help those kids by donating to Variety, the Children’s Charity.
How time flies! It’s only 5 months now until we go on the 2012 NSW Variety Bash.
The Bash is fun, but the reason why we do it is FOR THE KIDS!
Each car raises a minimum of $8,500 for Variety, the Children’s Charity. The money raised goes to medical equipment, Liberty Swings (swings for kids in wheelchairs), Sunshine Coaches (buses to help schools and organizations get kids out into the community), educational supplies, and just whatever else is needed for these kids with special needs.
Would you please help us raise funds for these kids by donating? Any amount, big or small, helps towards giving these kids a better life.
Thank you so much!
Variety, the Children’s Charity, in NSW, Australia, has just had their AGM, releasing these statistics for the year 2011:
As another year wraps up we must say a big thank you to all Variety’s supporters! We have had a busy year with some fantastic events, partnerships and volunteer support which allowed us to grant $2.24 Million on appeals in 2011 and enrich the lives of over 18,000 children.
With thanks to your support we have been able to achieve big things this year…
- Over $2.1M used to purchase 38 Sunshine Coaches for schools and support organisations, bringing sunshine into the lives of many children who through either disadvantaged circumstances or health issues would have previously not been able to get “out and about” in their community.
- 34 Walkers and Standers given to help children get out of their wheelchairs, to interact with siblings and friends, take part in fun activities and learn to move about.
- $253,029 used to purchase 46 Wheelchairs for special needs children across Australia.
- $519,671 spent on Liberty Swings now installed in 20 more locations across Australia, giving children in wheelchairs the chance to swing and laugh.
- Over 1,200 Bikes given to children across Australia – the joy of your first bike… priceless!
and so much more… THANK YOU!
Any donation, big or small, helps toward these wonderful kids. You can donate online.
Variety have posted a video with Stuart Telfer, Bash Director, giving a preview of what we can expect to see on the Cape York part of the 2012 Bash:
Huh? Where’s that? Why?
The 2012 NSW Variety Bash destination was announced today, going from Balmain in NSW, up through the middle of Queensland, up to the very tip, to Bamaga, on Cape York. You can’t get much further north in Australia than that. Well you can, and that would be on Thursday Island, and we’re going there, too (by boat from Bamaga).
The trip from Balmain to Bamaga, through the route we’re taking, is about 4,200km.
The Bash next year leaves on Sunday, August 19, going until Tuesday, August 28.
More rough roads, more incredible scenery. We’ll be going through some iconic Queensland outback towns on the way north.
Keep a watch on the 2012 Bash page on our site for more details as planning gets underway.
Following is a press release from Jack Cannons AM, Chairman Variety International Sunshine Coaches:
Variety the Children’s Charity International Sunshine Coach Program continues to get the kids out into the sunshine with a total of 159 Sunshine Coaches presented around the world in 2010.
Tents (Tents are the Variety organisational area term for geographical areas, coming from Variety’s history in the entertainment/circus industry) are asked to provide the number of seats in each coach as well as the number of coach’s presented. The reason for this; different regions have different size coaches, ranging from 6 seat Sunshine Coaches to 29 seat Sunshine Coaches. When we collate the number of seats made available in the 159 Sunshine Coaches presented in 2010 it tells a powerful story about the work of Variety around the world
- 2,335 new Variety Sunshine Coaches seats were made available every day (through the 159 Sunshine Coaches presented in 2010 alone) to provide sunshine to the lives of Special Needs Children
- If each of the 2010 presented Sunshine Coaches are used 5 times a week the number of seats available each week is 11,675.
- If we multiply the number of seats available each week over the period of one year it shows that 607,100 seats were made available for kids to travel in through these 159 SS Coaches
We continue to use a spread sheet to decide the 3 equal winners of the VI Sunshine Coach Awards from information from the VI Tent Reports. This formula introduced 3 years ago provides a transparent opportunity for all the Tents who are part of the Sunshine Coach Programme to be eligible for an award and is not based on numbers alone.
- Category #1. Largest growth in number of Coaches presented in current year.
- Category #2. Greatest number of Coaches presented in the past 4 years.
- Category #3. The Tent that demonstrates the most significant commitment to the programme taking into account the size and operational challenges of the Tent.
The following 15 Variety Tents have presented Sunshine Coaches during 2010.
- Tent 4 St Louis. 1 SS Coaches total 12 seats
- Tent 7 Buffalo & Western New York. 1 SS Coach total 15 seats
- Tent 15 Iowa. 10 SS Coaches total 106 seats
- Tent 17 Texas. 1 SS Coach total 18 seats
- Tent 36 Great Britain. 101 SS Coaches total 1414 seats
- Tent 39 Southern Nevada 1 SS Coach total 12 seats
- Tent 47 British Columbia. 4 SS Coaches total 69 seats
- Tent 52 Jersey 2 SS Coach total 32 seats
- Tent 56 New South Wales. 11 SS Coaches total 247 seats
- Tent 68 New Zealand. 1 SS Coaches total 12 seats
- Tent 74 Western Australia. 6 SS Coaches total 112 seats
- Tent 75 South Australia. 11 SS Coaches total 180 seats
- Tent 76 Queensland. 3 SS Coaches total 36 seats
- Tent 77 Victoria. 3 SS Coaches total 36 seats
- Tent 82 Tasmania 3 SS Coach total 32 seats
A total of $7,141,199.40 was invested internationally by the 15 Tents in the 2010 Sunshine Coach Program. Congratulations are in order to all Tents who have provided Sunshine Coaches for their special needs kids.
A special mention to Tent 52 Jersey who almost won the Category #3 Award.
A Huge Congratulations to Tent 36 who this year presented their 5000th Sunshine Coach as part of their 101 presented Sunshine Coaches for the year.
The 3 Variety International Sunshine Coach Award Recipients for 2010:
- Category #1 Tent 56 New South Wales
- Category #2 Tent 15 Iowa
- Category #3 Tent 82 Northern Territory
Please note these are equal awards not 1st 2nd 3rd.
The Fired Up Bash crew have organized a Bash-style trek on the weekend of April 16-17, from Marayla to Lithgow to Bathurst to Orange to Parkes to Trundle in Central West NSW.
Here are the highlights of the trip:
- 1st stage will be to Orange in the central west for our lunch stop at the Orange Botanical Gardens Clover Hill reception centre. A Variety liberty swingis located in the large childrens playground adjoining the carpark.
- 2nd stage will be to Trundle via Parkes, we will be travelling the 2009 Bash route in this section to Parkes with our own dirt and dust route from Parkes to Trundle. This stage to Parkes also has our friends and fellow Bashers the Navy team undertaking a fun stop so be prepared for anything, a good chance to stretch the legs. The run from Parkes to Trundle is along some great dirt roads and we have a stop planned, courtesy of the Bash Busters, just outside of Trundle where we may, if timing permits, enjoy a stop around sunset overlooking the Plains of wheat stubble dotted with livestock.
- Overnight stop is in Trundle, www.trundlehotel.com.au, staying at the pub, the B&B or the RSL cabins. We will be having a short presentation of the Mug of the Day and a few other bits and pieces. We also will be having a spit roast dinner and a live band.
- Sunday morning we will be having brekky at St Pat’s primary school and a presentation to the school, and also Trundle central school, of 2 Artline packs.
- Our drive on Sunday, from 0900 hrs, is straight to Bathurst for our Sunday afternoon concert on the Green at Mt Panorama Winery. Our artist is Tori Darke, and she will be playing from 1300 hrs until 1500 hrs we also have a sausage sandwich BBQ and soft drinks to enjoy as we listen to Tori, the Bathurst valley and township below our vista. We will also have our final presentation of the following awards; Mug of the day, Best Dressed team, Best Theme, Overall winners of the Trek and the Fired Up award.
If technology behaves, you should be able to follow the progress of the Trek at Trundle Trek 2011.
On Saturday, April 9, the Angels, Car 999A, spent the day at the Camden Show, along with other Bash cars. The Camden Show had organized a collection of vehicles “across the ages”, including cars and farm vehicles. The Bash cars were there because they are all pre-1974 vehicles, and it was a good excuse to get out and meet people and tell people all about Variety. The K9 crew had organized a bunch of giveaways for kids, which was fun to give out during the day.
Car 999A - The Angels' car
About 3:30pm the vehicles all lined up for a Grand Parade around the main arena. Following that, Governor-General Quentin Bryce officially opened the Show.
Angel Ian has been busy getting the car ready for the Bash start in August.
Giving out freebies to kids
A fun day to be out and about. Perfect weather-wise, warm, clear, blue skies, and we got to meet lots of people.