Variety – the Children’s Charity of Northern Territory Empowers Children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to Live, Laugh and Learn April 20, 2015 7:26 AM

Variety – the Children’s Charity of Northern Territory works directly with individual families and organisations in our mission to empower children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn.

Funds are usually spent on goods and services through our three core programs – Freedom Program, Caring for Kids Program and Future Kids Program.

It’s through these programs that Variety NT can deliver a unique range of goods and services to assist with the specific needs of individual children, across a diverse spectrum of physical, emotional and financial conditions.


Variety NT has a wonderful Board of directors, enthusiastic committees and professional dedicated staff members in the head office, all of whom are instrumental in the success of Variety.

In 1985 Dick Smith and his mates ran a charity car rally event – a “Bash” in the outback. They bribed, cheated and laughed their way around a route. It was heaps of fun and raised a lot of money for children. It is now so popular Variety NT and the other Australian States hold their own Bash each year.

The Variety NT Bash is not a rally or race. It’s an opportunity to join like-minded people on an adventure to explore the remote corners of the outback. It’s the opportunity to make lifelong friends with an ever growing collection of people known as Bashers. It’s an opportunity to drive old cars to some magic places. All this knowing that every dollar raised goes to make the lives better for children with special needs and their families in the Territory.


It’s about the kids. It’s about putting the fun into fund raising. It’s about knowing that your hard work getting sponsors and doing the hard yards of fundraising all year go to help the kids with special needs in the NT. Thanks to the efforts of the Bashers in 2014 Variety NT raised over $345,000 for Territory kids. Here are just a few examples of what was purchased and how it helps:

–Sunshine Coach – 16 seater with wheelchair lifter and 3 wheelchair bays
–Goanna Park National Adventure Camp – for children with special needs
–Tobii Eye Gaze – Visual communication monitors to give children with limited mobility a voice via visual recognition
–Musical equipment, iPads, therapeutic equipment, specialised strollers, modified trikes and audiological testing equipment for local hospital

Additionally, Variety NT just recently gave $21,600 to the Darwin Starfish Swimming Program (a specialised swimming program for young children) to enable 21 children aged three to 16 to continue their swimming education for the next 12 months. Children with varying physical and Intellectual disabilities learning to swim in the Starfish Swim Program will now be able to continue their swimming classes.

Additionally, Darwin and Japan now enjoy a Sister Tent relationship that relies on the goodwill and desire of people to grow the reach of the variety Objectives throughout the World.

To learn more about Variety – the Children’s Charity of Northern Territory, Click here.