Get away for ten action packed days with 400 of your closest mates. We will take you from the tropics of Far North Queensland to the pristine paradise of Fraser Island, raising money for the sick, disadvantaged and special needs children of Queensland.
Beginning in the tourist mecca of Cairns on Wednesday 5th August, the 2015 XXXX Gold ‘Coral Seas to Island Breeze’ Variety Bash will take a meandering journey south, finishing in spectacular style ten days later, on the largest sand island in Australia – at the glorious Kingfisher Bay Resort.
We will witness miles of smiles as we fundraise for children whose families and carers rely on Variety - the Children’s Charity for assistance.
What is the Variety Bash?
The Variety Bash started in 1985 when adventurer Dick Smith took a group of intrepid motorists from Bourke to Burketown in their old cars, raising money for charity along the way. All of the money raised went to Variety – the Children’s Charity to further its support of children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs.The Bash has been staged by Variety since 1985 and the spirit of the original idea has been retained. Every entrant has to raise money for Variety and all vehicles must be 30 years old or older at the time of entry and be non-performance modified. The Bash is not a race, rally or speed trial. The single most significant rule of the Bash is to relax and enjoy the event away from everyday pressures, while seeing and experiencing the splendour of the Australian Outback.
Who can take part?
Entry to the Bash is limited to those who have enough cunning, resolve, determination and intelligence to persuade sponsors, family and friends to come up with a suitable amount of donations, made payable to Variety Queensland.
What is a Variety Bash vehicle?
Bash vehicles are not race or rally cars; they are lovingly restored vehicles in all shapes and sizes from all over the world. They must be 30 years old or older at the time of entry. They must be 2 wheel drive, and they can not have any “go fast” modifications. Improvements may be made in the interests of improved safety, but not for speed.
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Yes! You can help children in Queensland who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs by becoming a ‘Basher’, sponsoring a Bash entry or by simply making a donation to Variety. Donors can be small or large businesses, friends or relatives. All donations made payable to Variety Queensland will receive official receipts; donations over $2 are fully tax deductible.
Why do we have a Variety Bash?
The Bash is staged by Variety to raise funds to assist in bringing about an improved quality of life for children in need throughout Queensland. Since the first Queensland Bash in 1990, in excess of $18 million has been raised to help empower Queensland kids to live, laugh and learn.
Where does the money go?
Funds raised are granted to children who are sick, disadvantaged and who have special needs by way of goods and services. In this way Variety is able to fill a vital gap between what families, schools and communities are able to afford and what our children need to lead engaged and fulfilling lives. During the Bash, Variety presents equipment and services to many local communities and individuals. Bash organisers engage local community groups wherever possible to provide catering for Bash participants, a handy fundraiser for the not for profit organisations in the towns.
A Bash car entry fee is $385 which includes GST and is not tax deductible, refundable or transferable. In addition, each entry pledges to raise a minimum of $8,500 as a donation to Variety. These funds have tax benefits. A provisions levy will be advised in due course covering each participant’s meals, some merchandise, and entertainment etc. Provisions are usually anywhere between $800 and $1000 per person, payable prior to the event.