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.
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.
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.
We now have a page set up to make it easy to donate towards Variety: Donate now.
Just as a reminder, Variety, the Children’s Charity is a a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to transforming the lives of children in need. Variety’s vision is for all children to attain their full potential; regardless of ability or background – and our mission is to enrich, improve, and transform the lives of seriously ill, disadvantaged and special needs children. We do this through our four umbrella programs:
- Variety Freedom Program: the gift of INDEPENDENCE & SELF ESTEEM – assisting with mobility and communication through Liberty Swings, Sunshine Coaches, vehicle modifications, communication aides, walk and stand equipment.
- Variety Caring For Kids Program: the gift of SUPPORT – to hospitals, health services, intensive care units, new born and children’s emergency transport ambulances.
- Variety Future Kids Program: the gift of EDUCATION & ACHIEVEMENT – helping kids with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds to fulfil their academic, sports, or arts potential with equipment, tuition and other practical support.
- Variety @ Work: the gift of JOY – providing children with an opportunity to be a part of activities and events that due to disability or financial hardship they would otherwise not experience.
It’s a great cause, with more than a million dollars’ worth of benefits being distributed in Australia each year. Every little, or big, bit helps towards that. Donate now.
Update: the link above was for the 2011 NSW Variety Bash. The donations link for the 2012 NSW Variety Bash is: http://2012nswbalmaintobamaga.gofundraise.com.au/page/Angels
The 2009 Bennelong to Broken Hill Bash raised over $1.9M raised for sick, special needs and disadvantaged kids. See some photos here:
2009VarietyBash from ZOOM Productions on Vimeo.
Welcome to the blog for the Angels, in Bash car 999A, with the NSW Variety, the Children’s Charity Bash. We’ll be logging our adventures here. Enjoy!