NSW Variety Dick Smith Bash 30th Anniversary Event Finale
Australia’s longest standing charity motoring adventure, the 2014 Variety Dick Smith B to B Bash is revving up for some outlandish celebrations in August this year in honour of 30 years since Dick Smith instigated the event on the dusty roads from Bourke to Burketown, all in support of Variety – the Children’s Charity.
Amongst the six State and Territory Bashes hitting the roads consecutively across the country in August, NSW’s colourful convoy of 350 Bashers and 110 vehicles will take to their unique route starting in Brisbane with their sights set on a grand finale in Sydney for a major 30th anniversary National Bash celebration on Sunday 17th August. The NSW fleet will join the six other States and Territory bashes for a grand parade from 11:00am of more than 700 outrageously themed vintage vehicles crossing Sydney’s Harbour Bridge in spectacular style. Driving for Variety – the Children’s Charity, the National Bashers will congregate at a special celebration from 11:15am at Moore Park. This event will present a unique opportunity for the public to see the convoy of novel, fancy-dressed vintage vehicles up close and meet and greet more than 2,000 quirky participants including famed philanthropist, Dick Smith who first instigated the event 30 years ago.
For those in NSW, the Bash route will travel from Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium to Busby’s Bore (Sydney’s Centennial Park) from 8th August to 17th August, 2014 visiting 17 regional and remote towns across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria throughout the 10 day, 4,929 kilometre adventure including Bundaberg, Blackwater, Barcaldine, Burrenbilla, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Balranald, Bonegilla and Bowral.
Given that the Bash criteria is that the vehicles must be pre-1974, the colourful convoy is truly unique. This year’s 2014 Variety Dick Smith B to B Bash will feature a spectacular array of vehicles spanning three decades from 1959 to 1974 including an ice cream truck, an ambulance, vans, utes and even a hearse!
Veteran Basher, Jack Cannons AM who has completed 31 Bashes in Australia, will be driving his ‘Bash Buster’ 1959 Ford Ranchwagon which has survived 25 Bashes and is among the oldest cars in the fleet. Meanwhile, a 1964 ‘Chico Roll’ themed Wolseley 2480 MK2 has proven the most enduring, having survived the rough and tumble of 26 Bash events.
Age is no barrier when it comes to Bashing with participants ranging from 18 through to 81 years! Participants too are set to travel in equally entertaining guises including Batman, Robin and the Riddler, Doctor Who characters, Wacky Racers Mutley and Dick Dastardly and Penelope Pittstop, Hippies, Mermaids, cowgirls, angels, devils and the Flintstones.
Tam Johnston, CEO of Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW continues to be in awe of how passionate and generous the Bashers and larger community have been over the years, and what they have been able to achieve with their fundraising efforts saying, “In the event’s 30 year history, more than $173 million has been raised for Aussie kids in need – bringing mobility, self-esteem and independence to the lives of thousands of special needs and disadvantaged kids.”
Tam continued, “The lifelong impact that the Bashing community has had on Aussie kids in need is immeasurable.”
The Bash is not a race or a rally but rather a drive in the Outback with like-minded fundraisers, driving the miles for the smiles and enjoying travelling to parts of Australia that they may not otherwise see, while at the same time raising money to support Variety – the Children’s Charity. Since the first Bash, the event has raised in excess of $173 million net, which through Variety has assisted thousands of Aussie kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs with the provision of vital equipment and services, helping them gain mobility, self-esteem and independence and the chance to achieve their full potential.
This year’s Variety Dick Smith B to B Bash will depart from Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium alongside the Queensland Bash on Friday 8th August and finish at Busby’s Bore (Sydney’s Centennial Park) in Sydney on Sunday 17th August for the National Bash Harbour Bridge parade and celebrations; delighting locals with pit stops at 17 regional and remote towns across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Sydney siders unable to take part in the Bash are encouraged to support Variety and become spectators of the iconic return of the Bashers to Sydney on August 17th at Moore Park.
The Bashers will deliver much needed resources to local schools. These donations are funded by the Bashers who each fundraise a minimum of $8,500 to enter. Participants are encouraged to begin fundraising in advance of the Bash and get their family, friends and work colleagues involved.
The Bash is run by devious officials proficient in prising money from Bashers. Blatant cheating and bribery are not only allowed but encouraged. Bashers can even be fined for taking the event too seriously, the amount depending on the seriousness of the seriousness!
Coming to a town near you soon, the 2014 Variety Dick Smith B to B Bash Route…
The Bash will depart on Friday 8th August from Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium and finish at Busby’s Bore in Sydney’s Centennial Park on Sunday 17th August.
Day 1 Friday 8th August: Brisbane – Jimna – Bundaberg (425kms)
Day 2 Saturday 9th August: Bundaberg – Blackwater (516kms)
Day 3 Sunday 10th August: Blackwater – Barcaldine (502kms)
Day 4 Monday 11th August: Barcaldine – Burrenbilla – near Cunnamulla (628kms)
Day 5 Tuesday 12th August: Burrenbilla – Goodooga – Brewarrina (492kms)
Day 6 Wednesday 13th August: Brewarrina – Tilpa Hotel – Broken Hill (611kms)
Day 7 Thursday 14th August: Broken Hill – Pooncarie to Balranald (539kms)
Day 8 Friday 15th August: Balranald – Oaklands – Bonegilla – near Albury (523kms)
Day 9 Saturday 16th August: Bonegilla – Wee Jasper – Bowral (518kms)
Day 10 Sunday 17th August: Bowral – Busby’s Bore (155kms)
For further information and to register www.variety.org.au/nswBASH
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ABOUT VARIETY – the Children’s Charity
Variety-the Children’s Charity is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to gain mobility, independence and self-esteem. By giving practical equipment, programs and experiences, Variety helps children in need to overcome whatever obstacles they face and live life to the fullest. Simply put Variety HELPS KIDS BE KIDS.
Today, Variety delivers an average of $1Million every month in individual and organisational equipment grants across Australia, filling the gaps often left by governments and other organisations. Variety is often a family’s last resort to secure equipment vital to their children’s wellbeing.