The much loved Variety WA Bash made a triumphant return to the roads this week, raising more than $1 million for WA kids in need, after its cancellation due to COVID-19 last year.
47 cars and more than 160 people took part in the week long carnival on wheels, travelling 2,500kms starting in Dampier on the 14th August and finishing last night (21st August) in Exmouth.
Along the way, the Bash cars and colourfully costumed crews, including crowd favourites Bluey, Ninja Turtles and Paw Patrol, stopped off at schools to spread joy and present Variety Grants to help WA kids who are sick, disadvantaged or living with disability.
Variety WA CEO Tony Hume said the spirit of the event speaks true to what the charity is all about.
“The Bash-ers all put in the effort to support us this year, and they’ve seen first-hand on this trip that their hard-earned fundraising dollars make a real difference.”
Variety WA’s three annual road trip events – the Variety Bash, the Variety 4WD Adventure and the Variety Creative Car Cruise – were all cancelled in 2020 due to the restrictions in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in an estimated $800,000 fundraising loss for the charity.
“2020 was a difficult year for the charity, but the community stood behind us and to have reached the million dollar milestone result for the 2021 Variety WA Bash is a testimony to the amazing hard work and commitment of our participants, volunteers, donors and sponsors.”
“The Variety Bash really supports our community and demonstrates what the charity is all about, we couldn’t be prouder of what has been achieved by everyone involved this year,” said Mr Hume.
To find out more about the Variety Bash and Variety WA, visit www.varietywa.org.au
The Variety Bash finish line will be at Talanjee Oval in Exmouth from 1:30pm on Saturday 21st August, with participants arriving with their Bash cars, in full costume, for the whole town to enjoy.
The fundraising total will be announced to all participants at 7pm on Saturday 21st August at the Exmouth Gaming and Fishing Club.
Tony Hume – Variety WA CEO
Jo Woodford – Variety Bash Boss (Chairperson & participant)
Asha Healy [email protected] 0455 188 974