The 30th annual Variety Bash Queensland hit the road last week and will arrive on the Gold Coast on Friday September 6.
Australia’s largest and longest running charity motoring event will descend on glitter strip with the wackiest mix of road trippers you’ll ever see, after having travelled over 3,500 kilometres over ten days.
Over 100 pre-1989 vehicles and their colourful crews have been on the ultimate road trip, raising much needed funds to help Aussie kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have a disability. Since its inception in Australia, the Variety Bash has raised over $230 million nationally to give Aussie kids a fair go.
Originated by Dick Smith and touted as a drive in the outback with a few mates, this sentiment is still held today. The Variety Bash is not a race or rally and its main rule is to relax and have fun, all while raising money to support kids in need.
Throughout the ten-day adventure, Bashers (as they are affectionately known) have been stopping into remote schools and organisations to put smiles on kids’ faces. Participants get to see the direct impact of their fundraising efforts, with over $63,000 in educational, communication, health and mobility equipment granted to local kids, schools and organisations along the way.
Variety Queensland CEO Steve Wakerley said, “We’re extremely excited to be celebrating our 30th Anniversary this year and to support so many kids and their families in these towns along the way. It puts huge smiles not only on the faces of the kids but the Bashers too. Creating memories and impact that lasts a lifetime.”
Rallying behind the intrinsic Aussie value of a ‘fair go’ are Presenting Sponsor, Blue Dog Training, along with Get Tools Direct, MM Electrical, Mackay Regional Council, Rockhampton Regional Council and Seeley International who have all come on board to support the iconic charity event.
They have travelled through: Mackay, Clarke Creek, St Lawrence, Byfield, Rockhampton, Bauhinia, Springsure, Arcadia Valley, Taroom, Coalstoun Lakes, Rainbow Beach, Oakey, Wheatvale, Mt Malakoff, Kyogle, Byron Bay and finish on the Gold Coast!