Six days on the road for Variety Bash

Car convoy through the outback raises funds for children in need.

The COVID-19 pandemic has again caused Variety – the Children’s Charity to pivot its 2021 events calendar.

More participants can now join its shorter Variety Bash, Australia’s longest-running charity motoring event, which will be held on 7-12 November.

Starting in Longreach and finishing on Fraser Island (K’gari), the course will go through Jericho, Emerald, Biloela and Kilkivan, plus an overnight camping stop at the original RM Williams homestead, Rockybar Station.

Featuring a colourful convoy of vehicles more than 30 years old, the event brings significant economic impact to the towns it visits and is Australia’s longest-running charity motoring event.

Variety – the Children’s Charity of Queensland Fundraising Events Director Craig Marriott said participants would deliver a windfall to the towns they visited.

“The Variety Bash will be a much-welcome economic boost to the country towns we visit and also an alternative holiday option for Australians wanting to see the outback but are hesitant to go it alone, or would prefer the company of others,” Mr Marriott said 

“Our events are renowned for being fun with lots of activities, themed cars, great evening functions backed by amazing scenery and the opportunity to visit small communities, all for the important cause of helping kids get a fair go in life.”

Variety Bash participants raise a minimum of $8500 per car, with funds raised helping empower Aussie kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have a disability to overcome obstacles through grants of equipment and services, programs, Variety Heart Scholarships and experiences.

Participants will have the opportunity to see first-hand where their fundraising goes with grant presentations along the way.

Last year the Variety Bash Adventure delivered $118,000 in grants and scholarships for kids and schools, including many along the way, helping to change the lives of moe than 1700 kids who are living with sickness, disadvantage or disability.

Event proceeds also helped fund Variety’s grants and programs in 2021.